Some Naples Phil patrons not happy about name change
Fox 4 News Staff
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NAPLES, Fla. - Sunday was Artis--Naples first Community Day since the name change a month ago today.
From the Albert Paley sculpture adorning the entrance, to the home of the Naples Philharmonic, Artis--Naples is steeped in tradition for its long-time patrons.
"This place has flourished and grown since 1989," said Chuck Gottschalk, the general manager of the Naples Philharmonic.
"All it has to offer is more than i can describe," added Joan Yates, of Naples.
But the re-branding of its name from The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts to Artis--Naples, has some upset about the change.
"I've always been selective but ill be more selective and try other theaters in the neighborhood before i will come back here," explained Yates.
"Perhaps we should have thought this through more thoroughly," said Bill Stauffer, of Bonita Springs.
The board made the decision on April 19. In a letter from the board of directors, it was decided as a way to embrace the community and broaden its platform for the future. The hope is the change will help the organization reach a younger and diverse audience.
Supporters like Len Henschel, of Naples, agrees. "Philharmonic is about music," he said. "Artis is an attempt to be an umbrella organization for the whole thing."
An organization evolving, whose name change may take some time to get used to.
"It'll get better and better," said Gottschalk. "The product is still the same."
And some changes since the organization was renamed Artis--Naples, includes a new music director, Andrey Boreyko, from Belgium and a future sculpture project outside the building.