The culture and art of Latin America will take over Naples on May 10 to 14, when the 2013 ArtsNaples World Festival celebrates that heritage in music, art and more.
It will be a small but richly seasoned slice, according to William Noll, artistic director of the festival.
“There are so many countries. Not all of them are prone to classical music creation, but they are prone to art, some indigenous music and dance,” Noll said. “It was somewhat easier to sort through pop and jazz music — but there’s so much there.”
Tickets are now on sale for most of its musical events, with a schedule as follows:
FRIDAY, MAY 10
Priscila Navarro, piano: von Liebig Art Center, 2 p.m.. This concert will showcase Latin talent as much as Latin composition. Award-winning 19-year-old pianist Navarro, from Lima, Peru, first-prize winner of the 2012 International Chopin Competition and a veteran of Carnegie Hall, will perform a yet-to-be announced program. In her recent Carnegie debut, however, Peruvian composer Jimmy Lopez was included along with Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin. Tickets: $30
As well as individual $30 tickets for the von Liebig center performances, a five-concert package is $141. To buy: Go to www.artsnaplesworldfestival.org or call 239-390-2788
Gala opening: 7 p.m. May 10, Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive, Naples. The evening will include Latin fusion cuisine by executive chef Ralph Feraco, wines and signature cocktails from South America, an exhibition of Hispanic folk art and music and dancing. Tickets: $250
SATURDAY, MAY 11
Antonio Madruga, piano: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St., Naples. Cuban-American Madruga, 18, won the Ella Fitzgerald Award for outstanding soloist at the 2011 “Essentially Ellington” competition at Lincoln Center; was selected as a member of the Grammy Awards Jazz Ensemble; has performed with Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding; and is working on an HBO special with Wynton Marsalis. Tickets: $30
A Trio of Concertos: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra stars along with master guitarist Rene Gonzalez and pianist Nachito Herrera, performing melodies of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and Cuban music. Ticket price not available yet.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
Mother’s Day in the Brazilian garden: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Mothers and grandmothers may enter free of charge — the first 100 mothers and grandmothers receive a gift as well — and the Brazilian garden is featured. Admission for others: $12.95; children 4-14, $7.95; members and ages 3 and younger, free
Rene Gonzalez, guitar: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, von Liebig Art Center. This performance from the classical guitarist will feature his version of “El Colbri (The Hummingbird),” along with other classical favorites. Gonzalez is currently a professor at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and has performed throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.Tickets: $30
Antonio Madruga Trio: 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, May 12-14, the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Madruga on piano, Russell Hall on bass and Harvel Nakundi on drums.
MONDAY, MAY 13
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera, piano: 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, the von Liebig Art Center. Herrera performed at the Phil last November with the Cuban National Orchestra and returns with a mix of classical, traditional and Latin jazz. Tickets: $30
TUESDAY, MAY 14
Zarzuelas: with soprano Sandra Lopez and pianist Paul Posnak, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, von Liebig Art Center. Zarzuelas are short, Latin lyric-dramatic works that incorporate operatic and popular song as well as dance. Lopez has performed in companies around the Americas, including the Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera de Oviedo, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Virginia Opera. Posnak is both a soloist and accompanist who has worked with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti. Tickets: $30
Grand finale: featuring Arturo Sandoval, 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, Philharmonic Center for the Arts. A double feature evening: Nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter and Dizzy Gillespie protégé, Arturo Sandoval, will play with his band and Brazilian jazz guitar player Romero Lubambo, with the Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra in concert.
Sandoval is a longtime star on jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a classical artist, pianist and composer. He is in demand at high-power concerts, performing with Celine Dion at the Oscars, with Justin Timberlake at the Grammy Awards and with Alicia Keys at the Billboard awards show.
Lubambo fuse Brazilian music with American jazz. He has recorded with musical artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Diana Krall and Harry Belafonte. Ticket price not yet available.
There are cultural events leading up to and throughout the festival:
The von Liebig Art Center offers a collaborative exhibition, “La Casa: Latin American Art.” From April 27 through June 1, artwork by local Latin American artists will be on view at the von Liebig Art Center. Featured artists include three Face Award alumni (JAMA, 2011; Lucy Correa Ryback, 2012; and Juan Diaz, 2013) and pieces from the Naples Museum of Art collection.
COLLIER COUNTY LIBRARIES WILL OFFER:
■ Danza Azteca Guadalupe, celebrating the Latin Americas, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the south regional library. Aztec-inspired dances and colorful native costumes are part of this performance for the whole family.
■ Latin America dances demonstrated by the Fred Astaire Studio, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, South Regional. The cha-cha, salsa, bolero, tango, samba and rumba are performed by instructors
■ Naples International Film is planning a Latin film festival; titles are yet to be announced.
For information about the 2013 ArtsNaples World Festival, please visit www.ArtsNaples.org or call 239.390.2788.