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.
Kathleen van Bergen discusses Philharmonic’s priorities
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.
Urban Meyer discusses Tim Tebow, football
Lytle: Your friend Tim Tebow gets his first start as quarterback for the Denver Broncos against the Miami Dolphins. Your take on that?
Meyer: I just talked to him 10 minutes ago on the way in to this interview. He’s coming out of the chute excited.
I asked him if they are going to let you play. That’s the key to everything. If they let him play he will be successful.
Lytle: He’s a special kind of player.
Meyer: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before what happened to Tim. He is obviously, I think, the greatest college football player to ever play the game.
We won the national championship in 2008 and all the critics from that point forward just kept coming at him and coming at him.
I couldn’t quite understand it.
All the kid does is everything right. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever been around. He’s unselfish. He puts his teammates first.
In the pros they said you can’t do this, you can’t do this. Sure he can. He might not be the traditional quarterback, but that’s for the coaches to figure out. Let him go play.