The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet entertained at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Wednesday evening, February 9. The event was part of the Saul Stern Cultural Series which is in its 17th consecutive year. Saul Stern, who died last year, was a faithful benefactor of the Jewish Congregation and an active participant in the spiritual and cultural life of the community.
The program included a rich and varied selection of classics from Bach and Handel to the rousing, joyful sounds of Stevie Wonder and Chick Corea. Freddy Mercury’s standout 1970’s Bohemian Rhapsody received the Quintet’s full measure of brass and percussion intensity. This was the Quintet’s 5th year performing in the series.
The talented musicians played to a full house and thanked the audience for its obvious enjoyment of their musical efforts. Michael Zorn, principal trombonist, delighted the congregation by inviting his daughter, Rachel, from the audience to play guitar in one of his original compositions.
Sue Braun, on the planning committee, expressed appreciation to Centennial Bank for bringing the Brass Quintet to Marco Island and for the bank’s continuing generosity to the Congregation. The Marco Island Sun Times also underwrote the performance. The third event of the Cultural Series is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30PM at the Congregation, 991 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island. The featured speaker is the Honorable Susan M. Mitchell, Director of the U.S. Branch of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. She will address the question “Why Christians Support Israel.” Tickets are available from the Congregation office.