This week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program goes from the Philharmonic to football.
Guests are Kathleen van Bergen, the new CEO at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and Urban Meyer, former football coach at the University of Florida and current ESPN commentator.
Meyer was interviewed at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was watching his daughter, Gigi, a freshman, play volleyball.
The program airs Sunday at 10 a.m. on ABC7.
Text and video highlights for this and previous shows are archived at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Interview with Kathleen van Bergen
Lytle: The thing that people really want to know — let’s get right to it — is what are your top priorities for changes and enhancements the Philharmonic patrons will see in the years to come?
Van Bergen: Excellence. There’s not a lot that’s broken up at the Philharmonic Center. I am inheriting a most wonderful organization from a legend, Myra Daniels, and it’s with great respect and responsibility that I enter this new chapter in the Phil’s history.
I don’t think that the changes and enhancements will be — to use a musical metaphor — a sforzando. It can be more of an accelerando or a crescendo happening. We are going to find some experimentation. We’re going to play around with different types of concerts and enhancements, but nothing is going to be dramatically changed. We’re building on the successes of the past.
A couple of priorities are hiring a new music director. The Naples Philharmonic is celebrating Jorge Mester’s final year as music director this year, as well as our 30th anniversary season. And we look forward to selecting the next music director to lead the orchestra.
There’s a lot of discussion around a museum director and chief curator. That would be a top priority for us. And I’m looking to find an artistic partner who really has great content expertise in the visual world to be a collaborator matching out the center’s performing site.