FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2023) – The Southwest Florida Symphony Society is excited to announce it has reimagined itself and rebranded as the Symphony Support Crew. Current and interested members are invited to a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to celebrate the opening of the symphony’s 63rd concert season. The event will begin at 11:45 a.m. at The Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club at 4425 S. Landings Dr., Fort Myers. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at swflso.org/tickets.
The Support Crew is an auxiliary group that supports the Southwest Florida Symphony through volunteerism, fundraising and audience cultivation. The group is comprised of four teams focused on hospitality, scholarships and education, administration and fundraising. The Symphony Support Crew is open to the public, and community members are encouraged to join.
The Support Crew’s first major fundraising campaign of the 2023-24 season, Key Signatures, kicked off in early August. Members can purchase a listing in the program book distributed at concerts, online and in the Support Crew’s Yearbook to raise much-needed funds for the symphony. Several levels of support from $50 to $1,000 are available. The deadline to participate in Key Signatures is Sept. 15.
For more than 50 years, the Southwest Florida Symphony Support Crew, formerly Symphony Society, has existed as the symphony’s all-volunteer auxiliary fundraising arm. Each year, volunteers put in nearly 20,000 hours and donate between $20,000 and $100,000 to the symphony. The Support Crew 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 group 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 Support Crew or apply to join, visit swflso.org/symphony-society/.
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.