ARTICLES & REVIEWS
Review: SWFSO Ends on Original High Notes - The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra wrapped up its celebratory 50th anniversary with a 35-karat concert of gold, both new and old. click here to read full review.
Review: The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra continued their 50th anniversary celebration with the second performance of their “Masterworks” series at Barbara B. Mann Concert Hall in Fort Myers on Saturday night. The hall was comfortably filled for a rather unusual progression of compositions, that all did not quite fit the “Masterworks” moniker. click here to read the full story
Review: ‘Spring’ turned into summer, but not spoiled by a lack of ‘Rain’ The Southwest Florida Chamber Orchestra presented an unusual, but musically interesting, concert on Friday evening at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral. The program was entitled “The Glory of Spring,” but opened with Honegger’s “Pastorale d’ete,” which means “Summer Pastorale.” OK, close enough to spring, I guess....click here to read the full story
Review: Shostakovitch Gets Grand Reading from SW Florida Orchestra FORT MYERS — Shostakovitch’s Tenth Symphony was written following the death of Stalinin 1953. Aha! No more ideological repression, grotesque hidden political caricatures, or music written to please the authorities and government censors. The composer was now able to begin to create with a new sense of individualism and human expression....click here to read the full story.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY PROGRAMMING RANGES FROM OUTER SPACE TO KUNZEL TRIBUTE
The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra has opened single-ticket sales for its 2009- 2010 season. Tickets in five different price levels offer attendees a choice of locations, but concerts will only be one night this year, on Saturdays. All performances are at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers...click here to read the full story
BORN IN THE USA? TWO CONCERTS CALLED AMERICAN HAVE LESS THAN NATIVE CONTENT BUT THAT"S OK, SAY THOSE INVOLVED
We’ve all taken the buy-American pledge. Shunned those Chinese sweaters at our favorite boutique. Read the country of origin on the mangoes at Sweetbay. We’ve all become sensitive about supporting our own industries. That is until we get to the box office. A look at two concerts with the “American” label on them show that music by American composers may only be half, if that much, of the content....click here to read the full story.
NEW SEASON AT MANN FEATURES A 'JUMPIN' CLASSICAL PROGRAM
The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers equates itself with upbeat, high-energy contemporary performance offerings. A little thumbing through the 2007-2008 series, however, produces some fine arts that match Naples in every way. The classics are jumpin’ this year, due in part to the Southwest Florida Symphony’s new young music director, Michael Hall... click here to read the full story.