Trombonist Michael Zion's name was left off the program, but he has been with the orchestra since 1990. The brass quintet of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra returned to Marco Island, the Phil's original home, for a performance Wednesday evening at JCMI. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
The Yiddish word “chutzpah” could translate as “brass,” and Wednesday evening, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island had a lot of brass. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet, a group of musicians with amazing chops, flawless tails and impeccable credentials, brought their artistry to JCMI for a repeat performance.
As orchestra general manager Charles Gottschalk pointed out to the sell-out crowd on hand, what was then the Naples-Marco Philharmonic Orchestra got its start on the island, and both the Phil and JCMI are celebrating 30th anniversaries this year. Some of the musicians’ tenures with the orchestra go back nearly as long; principal percussionist James Dallas, who joined as the sixth player for some of the pieces, has been with the Phil since 1983.
The group played a wide-ranging program, from J.S. Bach, interpreted as Bebop Bach, Cool Bach, and Dixie Bach, to lesser-known classical works, and jazz standards by George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
That JCMI anniversary, by the way, will be celebrated in a gala dinner dance at the Marriott on Saturday, Feb. 18.