From the return of music director Andrey Boreyko for his eighth and final season with the Naples Philharmonic to celebrating a renowned baseball memorabilia collection in The Baker Museum, the 2021-22 season will see Artis—Naples presenting a full slate of visual and performing arts offerings.
The season theme, Esprit de Corps, reflects the opportunity to once again fully celebrate the arts in person as a community.
Boreyko embarks upon his eighth and final season with the orchestra. His return coincides with the resumption of large-scale concerts in Hayes Hall, including the Visiting Orchestras Series
featuring The Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Boreyko, their artistic and music director.
“We are elated to welcome our community back to Artis—Naples for a season filled with outstanding programming, inspired by togetherness—Esprit de Corps—that embodies the spirit with which the arts are meant to be experienced,” said CEO and president Kathleen van Bergen. “We are also delighted to welcome back Andrey Boreyko to celebrate his eight seasons of inspired artistic leadership, and we look forward to the multidisciplinary cultural offerings Artis—Naples has planned for the season. From concerts, presentations and museum exhibitions to our renowned Lifelong Learning lectures, free community programs and the Naples International Film Festival, Artis—Naples offers many opportunities for immersion into the best of the visual and performing arts.”
Boreyko said, “I am thrilled about my return to Naples, and I look forward to being on stage with the Naples Philharmonic again soon. I have missed the Naples Philharmonic musicians, our audiences and our beautiful Naples community, and I can’t wait to make music with this wonderful orchestra again after so much time apart.”
Other performing arts highlights include returning favorites Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Bernadette Peters, Broadway star Ashley Brown, Food Network star Alton Brown, bestselling author Amor Towles and golf broadcaster and personality David Feherty.
The acclaimed Broadway Series also returns with five shows: Come From Away, Tootsie, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, Dear Evan Hansen and My Fair Lady.
The Baker Museum anchors its exhibition season with Baseball Heroes: Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection, which will grant museum visitors exclusive access to one of the most extraordinary collections of baseball memorabilia outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The immersive multimedia installation celebrates baseball as an integral part of American life for nearly 200 years through the presentation of original objects related to the careers of five iconic New York Yankees players: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter.
Executive vice president, artistic operations David Filner said the musicians of the Naples Philharmonic are thrilled to be resuming large-scale orchestra concerts this season after making adjustments in the 2020-21 season due to pandemic protocols. “With the return of Andrey Boreyko and full-capacity audiences, the Naples Philharmonic looks forward to delighting patrons with a stellar array of Masterworks, Pops, Chamber and other special performances,” Filner said.
Museum director and chief curator Courtney McNeil said The Baker Museum will present an eclectic and dynamic season of visual arts exhibitions. “The range of exhibitions this season shows the breadth and depth of our own permanent collection and curatorial acumen. In addition to the extraordinary Baseball Heroes exhibition, we will present engaging and inspiring temporary exhibitions that showcase painting, photography and sculpture from the early 20th century to the present,” McNeil said.
Artis─Naples also announced safety protocols and enhancements for the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. These protocols include, per CDC guidelines, that masks are optional for fully vaccinated patrons, and masks are required for unvaccinated patrons. In addition, all performances in Hayes Hall and Daniels Pavilion and exhibitions in The Baker Museum will be presented with unrestricted audience capacity.
For further details and the latest information about safety policies and protocols, visit www.artisnaples.org/protocols.