FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2023) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, the only professional orchestra in Lee County and fourth oldest orchestra in the state, will feature “Quartet” as the final film of its “Cinema with the Symphony” summer movie screening series. The showing will take place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at the symphony’s new Artistic & Operations Center at Coconut Point, 23050 Via Villagio Ste. 101, Estero, next to Five Guys.

Maestro Radu Paponiu, the Southwest Florida Symphony’s music director, will introduce the film. The pre-screening remarks begin at 6 p.m.

“Quartet” is a British comedy-drama film based on the play by Ronald Harwood and was actor Dustin Hoffman’s directional debut. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, portrayed by Dame Maggie Smith, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. The star-studded cast includes Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon.

Tickets are $20. Popcorn, wine, soft drinks and movie style snacks will be available for a suggested donation. Proceeds from this fundraising event will be used to support the symphony’s programming and educational initiatives. Attendees will receive a discount code that can be used toward the purchase of concert tickets during the symphony’s 2023-24 season.

To reserve tickets, visit swflso.org or call 239-418-1500.

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 Music Director Maestro Radu 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. Learn more at swflso.org.

Contacts:

Amy Ginsburg, Southwest Florida Symphony, 239-418-0996, aginsburg@swflso.org Angela Bell, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, Angela@gsma.pro