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Maestro Kabaretti to bid farewell to Southwest Florida Symphony at the end of coming season
September 6, 2019

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The Southwest Florida Symphony is deeply saddened to announce that the orchestra's 2019-2020 season will be Maestro Nir Kabaretti's final year leading world-class music in paradise. After an exceptionally busy summer of conducting throughout Europe and Israel and the increasing global demand for his artistic leadership, Kabaretti has decided to step down from the Southwest Florida Symphony's podium.

"This wasn't an easy decision," said Kabaretti. "Southwest Florida is a beautiful community. I will always treasure the time I spent here with this orchestra."

Since Kabaretti's arrival in 2014, the orchestra has experienced a renaissance, enjoying remarkable audience growth through his vibrant conducting style and his warm, approachable personality both on and off the podium. His performances have consistently received rave reviews and inspired countless standing ovations.

Kabaretti's unique ability to marry contemporary works with familiar classical composition, paying particular attention to including American composers in the orchestra's programming, has consistently won over even the most conservative classical music enthusiasts and his enlightening pre-concert lectures, always led in an informal style that invites lively Q&A sessions, have filled the seats of Barbara B. Mann Hall with nearly a thousand curious patrons at each Masterworks Concert he's led.

Southwest Florida Symphony Board Chairman, Tom Uhler said, "All of Southwest Florida has been fortunate to have enjoyed the musicianship, leadership and charisma of Maestro Kabaretti for six years. We're a better community because of his contribution."

His final concert with us will be Masterworks 5 on Saturday, May 2, 2020. He will lead the orchestra through this season.

About the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Symphony made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961, playing in schools and community centers, with a roster of just 24 musicians. Today, the symphony has a roster of 70 world-class musicians, and is Lee County's only fully professional orchestra.

The Southwest Florida Symphony's 59th year continues the orchestra's tradition of artistic excellence as internationally renowned Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads another exciting season of spectacular performances.

Maestro Kabaretti, the fifth music director in the organization's history, led critically acclaimed performances throughout his first five seasons with the Southwest Florida Symphony, and in 2017, he extended his contract as Music Director through the 20192020 season.

More information about the Southwest Florida Symphony is available by calling 239-418-1500 or online at WWW.SWFLSO.ORG.

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