BOARD OF 
DIRECTORS

Robert Hicks
​​Chairman

Jon Zoler
Vice Chairman

​Christopher Marrie
​Treasurer  

Robert Uek
Secretary    

​Merlin Lickhalter
​Past Chairman           

Sam Cooley​

Alex Goldstein​​

Francis Lonsway

Ivan Seligman​

Don Shapiro​

Dave Trecker​

Becky Zoler​

 

HONORARY

 

Torrey Foster

Al Harris

Frank Klapperich

Harriet Lickhalter​

Myra Williams

MISSION 

To provide world-class music for the enjoyment of Southwest Florida, and to educate and encourage all audiences to enjoy classical music.

VISION

Classical music will continue to be relevant and valued.

HISTORY

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.  

Now in it’s 24th season, Classic Chamber Concerts welcomes Michael Finn as Artistic Director.  Please click here to learn more.