Artis-Naples upcoming performances

For Marco Islanders, permanent or visiting, the entertainment gifts kick in after Christmas, as Artis-Naples (formerly Naples Philharmonic) offers a scintillating schedule of performances.

First up, on December 26, 27, 28 & 29, are performances of Leonard Bernstein’s classic “West Side Story.” Based on the story of Romeo & Juliet but set in 20th Century New York, the music is stunning , the choreography is stirring and the cast of this Broadway cast serves up excellence.

Next comes a beloved New Year’s Eve tradition as the orchestra presents a Viennese New Year’s Eve concert, followed by a post-concert reception to usher in 2014.

Then, on January 3 & 4, the orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Ravel and Mussorgsky’s colorful “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

On January 7 through 11, the Philharmonic takes back to the days the glittering globe spinning overhead with “Disco Days and Boogie Nights”. Suddenly, it’s the Seventies. Tickets to all performances may be purchased through or ordered by telephone at 39-597-1900.

Add all this to the wonders of a stay in a Marco Escapes rental property and you will be kicking off the New Year in exuberance.