Concerts & Events

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Rock Star Séance

Partnership with Alliance For The Arts

Andrew Lipke, guest artist

Celebrate Halloween weekend by joining us for a special concert led by Andrew Lipke, where he and “spirit host” vocalists will channel legendary rock stars like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Dress as your favorite dearly departed rock star and enjoy a multimedia experience that promises to be a musical séance like no other.

 

Thurs | Oct 24, 2024 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Rock Star Séance

Partnership with Alliance For The Arts

Andrew Lipke, guest artist

Halloween weekend is the perfect time to conjure the spirits of lauded rock stars who sparkled, then faded into the afterlife. Join us for this special concert event with locally beloved living rock star in his own right, Andrew Lipke, as he leads the audience through a musical séance. In addition to featuring a multimedia experience, Maestro Lipke will channel the spirits of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, and more through “spirit host” vocalists/guitarists who will embody the musicians and the music they performed that changed the world. Concertgoers are encouraged to dress as their favorite dearly departed rock stars to encourage their spirits to visit with us that night. Are you scared yet?

 

Thurs | Oct 24, 2024 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Symphony at the Tribby

Priscila Navarro, guest pianist
Stilian Kirov, conductor

William Grant Still: Mother and Child
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in A minor
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite

Our friends at the Tribby Arts Center will feature a stunning evening of classical music in partnership with the Southwest Florida Symphony, conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, featuring Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music graduate, multi-award winning pianist Priscila Navarro as she performs the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto. Also on this delightful program is the Grieg Holberg Suite, and a heartwarming piece sure to evoke images of Americana, Mother and Child, by early American composer William Grant-Still.

 

Thurs | Nov 7, 2024 | 7:00PM

Tribby Arts Center, Shell Point

Holiday Pops

Andrew Lipke, Conductor
Mary Bichner, guest artist

Multitalented composer/arranger/storyteller/mezzo-soprano Mary Bichner debuts with the Southwest Florida Symphony this season, adding new twists to old yuletide favorites at the orchestra’s traditional Holiday Pops Program, playing at a theater near you! Mary’s breadth of vocal styles will transport audiences from Broadway to the great opera houses of the world, popular music clubs, and even to the warmth of carol singing in your living room, surrounded by family and friends. This performance, conducted by local Pops favorite Andrew Lipke, will surely add sparkle and joy to your holidays.

 

Dec 9, 2024 | 2PM & 7PM | Tribby Arts Center

Dec 10, 2024 | 7PM | Charlotte Performing Arts Center

Dec 11, 2024 | 7PM | Faith Presbyterian Cape Coral

Ode to Joy

STILIAN KIROV, Conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Experience the sound of human emotion in all its glory as the Southwest Florida Symphony, conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, joins the Fort Myers Mastersingers and Opera Naples to perform one of Beethoven’s most powerful pieces. After more than a decade, the Southwest Florida Symphony is thrilled to bring Symphony No. 9 back to the concert halls of Lee and Charlotte Counties. As a prelude to Ode to Joy, the Symphony is honored to partner with a preeminent student string orchestra in Lee County for a side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Southwest Florida Symphony, demonstrating the exceptional level of talent, both youth and professional, our community is graced with.

Fri | Jan 17, 2025 | 7:00PM

charlotte performing arts center

 

Sat | Jan 18, 2025 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

John Williams the Great

STILIAN KIROV, Conductor

Paying homage to one of the most prolific film composers of all time, John Williams, this performance whisks concertgoers away to the cinema to experience the best part of blockbuster films: the soundtrack, live in concert. Conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, the Symphony brings to life pieces from Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, and many more.

Fri | Jan 31, 2025 | 7:00PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center

 

Sat | Feb 1, 2025 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

You’ve Got Mail!: Musical Love Letters

Andrew Lipke, Conductor
Mary Bichner, guest artist

Maestro Andrew Lipke and mezzo-soprano Mary Bichner are clearly smitten with Southwest Florida. They return with a special delivery of musical love letters on Valentine’s Weekend, with a performance designed to help you up your romance game. Swoon to tunes about love from the classics and Broadway, to radio hits you used to dedicate to your sweetheart in college, and even a few internet-famous love songs. This is the ultimate love letter to Southwest Florida and the people who love its orchestra.

Fri | Feb 14, 2025 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

 

Sat | Feb 15, 2025 | 7:00PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center

2025: A Space Odyssey

STILIAN KIROV, Conductor

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (Sunrise Fanfare)
John Williams: E.T. Adventures on Earth
arr. Calvin Custer: Star Trek Through the Years
Gustav Holst: The Planets

NASA’s vision is to reveal the unknown for the benefit of all humankind. This concert reveals the intensity of orchestral music for the benefit of all humankind. Conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, immerse yourself in Holst’s The Planets, excerpts from Also Spracht Zarathustra (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), the themes from Star Trek and E.T. for an out-of-this-world symphonic experience.

Sat | Mar 15, 2025 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

The 4 Seasons: Vivaldi and Valli

Steven Jarvi, conductor
SooBeen Lee, guest violinist

Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: Jersey Boys Medley

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

You read that right. What do a Baroque-era composer and lead Jersey Boy have in common besides Italian lineage? The Four Seasons! In this unlikely pairing, timeless music that spans millennia shares the stage in this unique performance. Conducted by Maestro Steven Jarvi, be mesmerized by the ornate violin solo dancing above the lushness of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, then “spring” forward to a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons medley that is so outlandish on this program that it actually works.

Sat | Mar 29, 2025 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

American Beauty

STILIAN KIROV, Conductor
William Hagen, guest violinist

George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”

The final concert of our 64th season demonstrates where we really shine like no other orchestra with an all-classical performance. Conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, this concert features compositions inspired by America and American composers: the Barber Violin Concerto with special guest soloist William Hagen, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9: From the New World and a contemporary piece by George Walker, Lyric for Strings.

Sat | April 26, 2025 | 7:30PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

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