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Naples Philharmonic's Otranto Presents Public Lecture "The Role of Conducting" at Moorings Park on March 24

FORT MYERS, FL - Clotilde Otranto, resident conductor of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, will present “The Role of the Conductor,” a public lecture sponsored by the Florida Gulf Coast University Renaissance Academy, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24 in the Bower Chapel at Moorings Park Retirement Community.

“The Role of the Conductor” will take listeners inside the mystique of the art of conducting. The lecture will explore the role of the conductor, including the knowledge and skills that maestros need, how scores are prepared, rehearsal techniques and the psychology of conducting.

Otranto will also discuss why a conductor is necessary even when musicians read sheet music. In a relaxing atmosphere, Otranto will use a projector screen to show a score, teach a little about conducting and welcomes participants to try out their talent.

In addition to being resident conductor, Otranto is music director of the Philharmonic Center Youth Orchestra and conductor for the Miami City Ballet in Naples.

She earned conducting degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of Sao Paulo.

Otranto has completed post-doctoral study at Yale University with Eleazar de Carvalho, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin and Henry Charles Smith. As a Tanglewood Fellow, she worked with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.

FGCU created the Renaissance Academy on the premise that learning should never stop and that keeping the mind intellectually, creatively and culturally active enhances the quality of life.

FGCU is an accredited comprehensive public university created to address the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and is dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities. It offers the Renaissance Academy as part of the University’s commitment to serving the region.

Registration fee is $25 for Renaissance Academy members and $35 for non-members.

For more information about the Renaissance Academy or the lecture program, contact Eileen Regelski at (941) 590-1095 or

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