Schedule for symphony’s 59th season set
September 6, 2019


The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County's only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, recently announced its greatly anticipated 2019-2020 season lineup of performances. The Symphony's 59th season, uncharted TERRITORY, features innovative music by groundbreaking new composers and performances by rising superstar guest-artists along with performances of great classical repertoire that inspired them.

The Symphony bookends its 59th season with a new concert series called Brave New Music. The first concert of this series features a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic horror film, "Psycho," with live orchestra, on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda, and on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.

Brave New Music caps off the orchestra's 59th season with "SymPHABULOUS!:" A Symphonic Drag Show featuring special guest artist, finalist of NBC's hit TV show The Voice, Chris Weaver, and his drag persona, Nedra Belle. "SymPHABULOUS!" happens one night only, Saturday, May 16, at Barbara B. Mann Hall at FSW.

The Masterworks Classical Concert Series features familiar and well-loved works like Holst's "The Planets," Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, breathtaking arias from a variety of popular operas and, in celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday, there will be no shortage of the composer's repertoire. The symphony's music director, Maestro Nir Kabaretti has masterfully woven contemporary compositions throughout our Masterworks Series to complement familiar works. Included in Masterworks repertoire are film score icon John Williams' Star Wars Suite, African-American female composer Florence Price's Symphony No. 1 in E minor and '90s rock & roll superstar-turned classical composer, Ben Folds will perform his own Concerto for Piano and Orchestra to conclude the series. Masterworks Series concerts happen on Nov. 9, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 21 and May 2.

The Pops Series also expands musical horizons with three unique programs: The Music of Queen on Jan. 31, at Charlotte Performing Arts Center and Feb. 1 at Barbara B. Mann Hall; Mashupalooza: A Stereo Hideout Production hailing the highly anticipated return of rising star classical-pop fusion artist, Steve Hackman on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Barbara B. Mann; and a festive evening of music and revelry with Prohibition, the music of the Roaring 20s, on Saturday, April 18. The symphony will also perform its annual beloved Holiday Pops program, Christmas in Paradise, featuring the return of postmodern crooner from last season's Sinatra and Beyond program, Tony Desare.

Holiday Pops programs happen on Dec. 13, at the Village Church at Shell Point; Dec. 14 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall; and Dec. 15 at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs.

The symphony continues its Small Stage Symphonies Series as well, bringing smaller ensembles to venues throughout our community. Small Stage Symphonies happen in January, March and April in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel Island and Shell Point Village.

Further details on the Symphony's 59th season are available by calling 239-418-1500 or online at WWW.SWFLSO.ORG. Season subscriptions and single tickets to some individual concerts are currently on sale.


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