FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2022) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, was recently awarded a $350,000 grant from the L.A.T. Foundation, a private foundation based in Westport, Connecticut. A portion of the funds were used as part of a $25,000 Giving Tuesday match campaign, which inspired the community to help the orchestra achieve its $25,000 Giving Tuesday goal. The remainder will be invested by the symphony’s Endowment Foundation to support future growth.

“We are extremely humbled by this generous gift from the L.A.T. Foundation,” said Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony. “With the uncertainty surrounding our community as it continues to rebuild, these funds will go a long way to ensure we are able to fulfill our mission for years to come.”       

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,