BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Hicks- Chair
Merlin Lickhalter – Immediate Past Chair
Robert Uek – Vice Chair
Christopher Marrie – Treasurer
Jon Zoler – Secretary
Dr. Ivan Seligman
Frank Klapperich, Jr.
ABOUT CLASSIC CHAMBER CONCERTS
To provide world-class music for the enjoyment of Southwest Florida, and to educate and encourage all audiences to enjoy classical music.
Classical music will continue to be relevant and valued.
Founded in 1995, the premier season offered six concerts that grew to a total of twenty-six concerts by 2005. The featured ensemble was the Philadelphia Piano Quartet along with guest artists. The musicians of the Quartet were founder Bert Phillips, having had a thirty-year career as cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; co-founder Toby Blumenthal, an internationally acclaimed pianist; Norman Carol, Concert Master of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and LaMar Alsop, violist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
In the mid-1990’s, Classic Chamber Concerts initiated a Concerts in the Schools program, along with concerts featuring Emerging Artists and Rising Stars. In 2001, the “Famous String Quartets” series began with a performance by the Tokyo String Quartet, followed with concerts by the Emerson Quartet and the Guarneri String Quartet, The Ahn Trio, Turtle Island String Quartet and Time for Three. These prestigious ensembles made their Naples, Florida debuts through the auspices of Classic Chamber Concerts.
In the fall of 2008, Bert Phillips passed away. A memorial concert was held and an annual scholarship was established in his honor. Toby Blumenthal retired in 2009 and Maestro William Noll was appointed Artistic Director after having been named as Artistic Director Designate by the founders in 2007. The legacy of the Founders’ passion for chamber music continues as CCC celebrates Maestro Noll’S tenth season.