Naples Philharmonic offers free tickets to help community recover from Hurricane Irma

Posted on: October 5, 2017

“The community is getting what Kathleen van Bergen, president and CEO of Artis—Naples described as ‘a big hug’ after Hurricane Irma: free tickets for portions of all Naples Philharmonic events through Oct. 24 and a special free concert Oct. 14,” writes Harriet Heithaus in Thursday’s (10/5) Naples Daily News (Florida). “ ‘The underlying message is that our community is still working hard to get back to a sense of normalcy every day, but we believe firmly in our mission and the restorative power of arts,’ van Bergen said this week. She said the venue was doing it as ‘kind of a big hug so we can get back to the strong Naples we know we are.’ … it will include tickets to both the first Naples Philharmonic Masterworks concert and the opening concerts of both its Wang and Sypert chamber music series. … Artis—Naples is still wrestling with its own storm problems in The Baker Museum, which has been closed since Hurricane Irma because of what van Bergen would only confirm was a ‘water intrusion.’ … The free Philharmonic event tickets can be ordered beginning no earlier than 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, online, by phone at 239-597-1900 or at the box office.”

Posted October 5, 2017

In photo: The Naples Philharmonic, at home at Artis—Naples