FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, the only professional orchestra in Lee County and fourth oldest orchestra in the state, will host its Annual Meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the symphony’s new Artistic & Operations Center at Coconut Point, 23050 Via Villagio Ste. 101, Estero. An Open House reception will immediately follow the annual meeting with refreshments provided by South Fork Grille. Maestro Radu Paponiu, Southwest Florida Symphony’s music director, will introduce the symphony’s upcoming season. Both events are open to the public, and community members are encouraged to attend. Admission is free, but donations will be graciously accepted.

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 professional musicians and is Lee County’s only fully professional orchestra and fourth oldest in the state. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 63rd year continues the orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence and innovation as Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu leads another 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,