Southwest Florida is becoming the chamber music capital of the South — and classical fans couldn't be happier.
Another chamber music series, the Heath Recital Series, has announced its 2013 season. The series will star nationally known musicians, members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra, and faculty from the University of South Florida School of Music.
"We wanted to give our musicians a place to play where they are in control, where they would select the music they want to play," William Fleischer said. "And of course, we wanted to spread the idea of chamber music in an intimate setting, with the people close to the musicians."
Fleischer is owner of the Violin Shop of Naples and two others, along with four more rental representative locations in South Florida. The series here is in the shop's own recital room. Both the series and room are named for Fleischer's late mother, Loree Heath Fleischer. Performances are close to the audience, within feet of them for a salon-style setting. They are followed by a Champagne reception, where visitors can meet performers.
John T. Posadas, former principal violist of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and a faculty member at the University of South Florida School of Music, is the artistic director for the serier. He said Fleischer and he agreed on two principles for it:
It would showcase mostly artists from Southwest Florida.
There would include one piano recital per season.
Posadas, discussing the series via email, said he selected the artists, based on some of Fleischer's requests from the past and on his own idea of introducing new Florida artists here.
For the quartets, he wrote, "I asked that we have some contemporary music selection in addition to a big staple of the literature. We need to challenge our patrons, yes?"
One such challenge — which will be a pleasant introduction, will be the Southwest Florida premiere of Mikhail Bronner's "Jacob's Ladder: The Angel of Love, the Angel of Sorrow."
All performances will be at 3 p.m. in the Heath recital room at the Violin Shop of Naples, 16355 Vanderbilt Drive, Bonita Springs. Tickets are required because of the size of the performance venue and are available at 239-947-2925.
■ "Death and the Maiden": Jan. 27. The Chroma Quartet, composed of leading members of the Sarasota Orchestra, will perform Franz Schubert's famous string quartet and Mikhail Bronner's haunting "Jacob's Ladder: The Angel of Love, the Angel of Sorrow." $25.
■ "Beethoven's Autobiography: A musical journey through Beethoven's piano works": Feb. 24. Dharshini Tambiah, international soloist and visiting professor of piano at the University of South Florida School of Music, will present some of Beethoven's most intimate solo piano works. $20.
■ "Heavenly Bodies": March 24. The Miami-based Sona String Quartet will perform Mozart's K. 387 G Major Quartet, Benjamin Britten's Three Divertimenti and Beethoven's epic Pp. 59 No. 2 String Quartet. $25.
■ "A Family Affair": April 14. Naples Philharmonic assistant principal violinist James Zhang and pianist Mingshan Kong present a vibrant program, including works by Handel, Sarasate and more. $20.
■ "Virtuosity and Versatility": May 5. John T. Posadas, former Naples Philharmonic principal violist and current member of the University of South Florida School of Music viola and chamber music faculty, will be joined by concert pianist Alexandra Carlson to present works for viola and piano. $20.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
Tickets can be reserved and purchased only by calling 239-947-2925. For more information, visit www.heathrecitalseries.com.