FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2022) – The Southwest Florida Symphony Society will host their annual gala on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at La Venezia Ballroom, 4646 SE 10th Place in Cape Coral. Themed “For the Love of Music,” the special evening will celebrate famous composers throughout history and feature a served surf and turf dinner, an open bar, musical entertainment by the fabulous Riverside Band, exciting silent and live auctions, and a photobooth to capture memories with friends.

The annual gala serves as the society’s major fundraising event of the year to support the Southwest Florida Symphony.

A variety of ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available for the event, including:

  • Renaissance Host and Event Sponsor, $1,500 – Table for six with preferred placement, one specialty bottle of wine and recognition at the event
  • Baroque Venue and Entertainment Sponsor, $1,000 – Tickets for two with preferred seating, one specialty bottle of wine and recognition at the event
  • Classic Benefactor, $500 – One ticket and recognition at the event
  • Romantic Partner, $150 – One standard ticket including dinner, entertainment and open bar
  • 20th Century Supporter – A gift from the heart at any amount for those unable to attend

Reservations can be made by calling 317-409-0845 or by mailing a check made out to the SWFL Symphony Society at 7500 College Pkwy, # 200, Fort Myers, FL, 33907. For more information, contact 239-549-9993.

For more than 50 years, the Southwest Florida Symphony Society has existed as the symphony’s all-volunteer auxiliary fundraising arm. Each year, society volunteers put in nearly 20,000 hours and donate between $20,000 and $100,000 to the symphony. The society provides concert ambassadors, staff services at the symphony office and housing for musicians, as well as hosting a wide range of special fundraising projects with all proceeds going directly to benefit the orchestra. Additionally, the society helps support the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and manages several music scholarship competitions for the benefit of young music students.

To learn more about the Southwest Florida Symphony Society or apply to join, visit

The Southwest Florida Symphony made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961, playing in schools and community centers, with a roster of only 24 volunteer musicians. Today, the symphony boasts a roster of 70 world-class musicians, and is Lee County’s only fully professional orchestra. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 62nd year continues the orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence as newly appointed Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu leads his inaugural season of spectacular performances. Maestro Paponiu, the sixth music director in the organization’s history, also serves as the associate conductor and youth orchestra director for the Naples Philharmonic in addition to guest-conducting with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, upcoming season performances and subscription and ticketing information, visit or call 239-418-1500.

Amy Ginsburg, Southwest Florida Symphony, 239-418-0996,
Angela Bell, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758,