Classic Chamber Concerts, Naples, Florida welcomes a new Artistic Director starting May 1, 2018. Michael Finn takes the reins for 2018 – 19, Classic Chamber Concerts’ 24th season. Succeeding William Noll, who is ending a highly successful decade as Artistic Director and maestro, Mr. Finn will be only the 3rd artistic leader in its history. classicchamberconcerts.org
Michael Finn is Executive and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach (“CMSPB”), Florida. cmspb.org A graduate of The Juilliard School, New York City, he also served 6 years as Director of Performance Activities and Associate Dean at Juilliard, primarily working at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Finn helped found CMSPB 5 years ago. For their inaugural season, Donald Trump allowed the group to present their Palm Beach concerts in the small ballroom at the Mar-a-Lago Club. After 4 years, outgrowing the venue, this season, CMSPB’s 5th, the concerts have moved to The Breakers hotel. Additional concerts this year are performed at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Rosarian Academy, both in West Palm Beach, and Boca Raton (Florida) Museum of Art.
Planning for Classic Chamber Concerts’ 2018 – 19 season is well underway. There will be 6 concerts of superb chamber music. Nearly all will be at the series home, the beautiful Sugden Theatre, 5th Avenue, Naples.
CMSPB under Michael Finn leadership has from its beginning fielded a robust and comprehensive education program, utilizing the talents of all musicians that appear in the concert series for in-school education work in schools throughout Palm Beach County public schools. Next season, Classic Chamber Concerts will likewise have a very strong educational initiative that, in conjunction with each of our 6 concerts, will bring The Music to school children, music students, performers, and other community members throughout greater Naples.
During its previous 4 seasons, CMSPB has recorded their concerts, all with the approval of the artists. Nearly 20 of these performances have been featured on Performance Today (“PT”) carried by most American Public Media and National Public Radio stations around our country. This much-acclaimed program of live classical performances is hosted by Fred Child and PT’s music is available to the entire world via stream from its website. Classic Chamber Concerts looks forward to recording its concerts next season, 2018 – 19, with the possibility of sharing our concerts with music lovers all over the Globe!
In past years, Michael Finn enjoyed a rich and varied career as performer and orchestral personnel manager. He has produced orchestral and operatic performances at festivals around the world including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the BBC Proms in London and in major concert halls in the USA, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
In years past, Mr. Finn played bassoon on the stages of nearly every major concert hall of North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He played in prestigious ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Metropolitan Opera, Musicians from Marlboro, the award-winning chamber ensemble Hexagon, and the Salzburg Bach Orchestra. A particular highlight was his participation in the farewell concerts of Luciano Pavarotti at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Additionally, he has performed with many of the world’s leading performers, including Joshua Bell, Peter Serkin and the Tokyo String Quartet.
He is a recording artist and his repertoire ranges from commercials, television and radio, to major motion pictures as well as Grammy-nominated classical recordings. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Sony Classics, BMC Classics, Bridge, and Dorian.
Michael Finn, musician and, more recently, chamber music impresario, also has a keen interest in architecture and in past years has overseen construction of a personal residence and several historical renovations.