FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2023) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and fourth oldest in the state, is excited to announce it has moved its Artistic & Operations Center to a new, expanded space at Coconut Point.
The organization’s new artistic base of operations is located at 23050 Via Villagio Ste. 101 in Estero. The new space will allow the symphony to host rehearsals, recitals and chamber concerts and events for more guests in a comfortable, exceptional acoustical setting.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to move into a larger and better acoustically appointed location so the orchestra has access to a more optimal environment in which to rehearse and perform TinyConcerts. This also allows us to continue to provide our patrons with an enhanced experience to connect with our world-class musicians on a more intimate level than in a traditional concert hall setting,” said Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony. “For more than 60 years, the Southwest Florida Symphony has enhanced this community through ensuring it has access to professional arts and culture. We’re excited about what the future holds.”
The Southwest Florida Symphony was previously located at Bell Tower in Fort Myers, making Lee County’s only professional orchestra accessible to community members, patrons and friends of the Southwest Florida Symphony.
The symphony’s tremendous growth, particularly with the level of talent it now attracts to its ranks, along with the desire to connect with audiences more broadly throughout the region inspired the move.
“We are delighted to welcome the Southwest Florida Symphony to Coconut Point, marking a significant milestone for both the Symphony and our vibrant community,” said Julie Clark, director of marketing at Coconut Point. “We are dedicated to making Coconut Point a hub for community engagement and growth and aim to create an atmosphere where arts and culture can flourish. The symphony’s presence will not only enhance our guest experience, but also strengthen our commitment to supporting local artists and musicians.”
To learn more about the Southwest Florida Symphony’s programming and initiatives, visit swflso.org.
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 swflso.org or call 239-418-1500.