If Hurricane Ian made you mad enough to roar, you can do so with the backing of prehistoric life from “Jurassic Park” and a full Philharmonic Orchestra. Free.
On the verge of tears instead? Weep at the seasonal drama of the Holiday Pops concert or the sublime final movement of Sibelius Symphony No. 2 with the Naples Philharmonic. Again, free.
Artis—Naples is offering free tickets to select shows through mid-December and free entry to the Baker Museum through December 31. His hope is to provide artistic respite to hurricane-weary Southwest Florida, according to the press release.
“We recognize the restorative power of the arts and the role our mission plays in helping the community during this difficult time,” Artis—Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen said in a press release announcing the free tickets. Friday.
“Our deepest concern and empathy goes out to the entire Southwest Florida community as Hurricane Ian cleanup, recovery and rebuilding efforts continue.”
The venue has three initiatives under a program called “Artis-Uplifting”.
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- Free admission to the Baker Museum until December 31. This includes his Helen Frankenthaler and Florida Contemporary exhibitions, an exhibition on “Envisioning Evil” from studies of Nazi Germany and the art of Magritte on temporary loan.
- A partnership with St. Matthew’s House, which provides food and shelter to the homeless. Artis—Naples is asking those who can bring canned/non-perishable food to the Baker Museum lobby and the box office in front of Hayes Hall. The food drive is open until December 18.
- Free tickets to many performances through December 18, available to anyone affected by Hurricane Ian, including first responders. No proof of eligibility is required.
Free tickets are available online under a link titled “Artis—Uplifting” on the site’s homepage. They are also available on the information pages of the representations.
Tickets are limited to four per request and the number available for each performance is limited.
All events take place in the last quarter of 2022. Among those with free Hurricane Ian tickets are Masterworks Series Concerts, Sypert and Wang Chamber Music Series Concerts, Dance Sampler Daniel Lewis , the live movie “Jurassic Park” on October 30, a Pops Series Program, salsa band Grupo Niche and Holiday Pops.
For more information, visit artisnaples.org or call the box office at 239-597-1900.
Performances and dates are as follows:
Sypert Salon Series: Mendelssohn String Quintet, October 16 and 18; The Jussen Brothers play Mozart, November 15 and 20; and Mozart and Schumann, December 4 and 6. All concerts are at 3 p.m.
Series of the masterpieces of the Philharmonic of Naples: Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, October 20 and 21; Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto, November 17 and 19; and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with James Ehnes, December 9 and 10. All at 8 p.m.
12th Annual Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler: Featuring Florida dance troupes, 7 p.m. Sunday, October 23.
“Jurassic Park” with live score from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 30
Naples Philharmonic Pops Series: Jack’s Hollywood Epics, Nov. 1-5, and matinee at 2 p.m., Nov. 5.
niche group, 7 p.m. Sunday, November 6
Wang Chamber Music Series: Coleridge-Taylor and Walton, 3 p.m. Sunday, November 13.
Holiday Pops: December 15-17; 2 p.m. on December 17; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 18.
Artis—Naples escaped the wrath of Hurricane Ian. But his administration may remember the rainstorm incursion from Hurricane Irma in 2017, which shut down the Baker Museum on its campus. Ultimately, the Baker Museum was closed for several years; Artis—Naples took the opportunity to add event space on its south side, alongside repair and fortification work.
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com. Contact her at 239-213-6091.