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Although golf, surfing, and the beach may be the image most people have in their heads when picturing Naples, Florida, classical music aficionados will not be left wanting. Two of the best cultural offerings close to our Naples resort, Artis-Naples – home to the Naples Philharmonic and the Baker Museum – regularly bring international performers, exhibitions, and visitors from all over the world to the Pelican Bay neighborhood, only a walking distance away from Naples Grande Resort.

This spring is no exception to Artis-Naples’ record of bringing beauty to Pelican Bay. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra begins a three-year residency in Naples with two concerts on March 1 and 2, 2016.

Considered one of the best in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic has a distinctive and sometimes contentious history going back to its foundation in 1842. With a playing method that has been studied academically and scientifically, a New Year’s Eve concert tradition that draws millions of viewers across the world every year, and tickets so in demand at their home of Musikverein that a lottery is conducted, there are few, if any, institutions like it. The Vienna Philharmonic’s performance in Naples this spring is conducted by Russian opera company director Valery Gergiev.

The performances are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday 3/1/2016

  • Wagner — Overture to The Flying Dutchman
  • Debussy — La mer
  • Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) — Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday 3/2/2016

  • Wagner — Parsifal: Prelude
  • Wagner — Parsifal: Good Friday Spell
  • Tchaikovsky — Manfred Symphony

If you’re an orchestral music lover and are planning on staying at our Naples resort during these events, a once-in-a-life-time experience awaits. If you’re staying for longer, that’s even better: the Philharmonic’s residency at Artis-Naples is supplemented by an array of public programming, such as master classes with members of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and lectures on Viennese culture and traditions. Learn about what distinguishes the Vienna Philharmonic, its players, and its history.

Seize the opportunity to take in the Vienna Philharmonic experience. Make plans to visit Artis-Naples for an orchestral experience, a day of art – or both – while enjoying Naples Grande Beach Resort.



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