FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 12, 2023) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, the only professional orchestra in Lee County and fourth oldest orchestra in the state, is excited to partner with THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA to perform a thrilling modern-day classical music concert of unparalleled symphonic rock at two amazing venues on May 6 and 7. The final Brave New Pops concert of the symphony’s 62nd season will feature greatest hits from albums such as Strange Magic, Do Ya, Don’t Bring Me Down, Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, Mr. Blue Sky and Roll Over Beethoven.

Concerts will be held at:

  • May 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers 
  • May 7 at 4 p.m.: Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Punta Gorda

This special concert by the Southwest Florida Symphony and THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA will be conducted by Louis Clark Jr. and feature conventional instruments accompanied by the very finest in electronic gear including synthesizers, digital pianos, grand and baby grand pianos, harpsichords, electronic organs and digital audio workstations, along with exquisitely layered vocals.

THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA is living proof that not all rock bands are created equal. With a membership pedigree from 1972 to present, the group is often referred to as “all-time masters of symphonic rock.”

All six members were formerly part of ELO and ELO Part II and have toured domestically and internationally since early 2001 as THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA in over 50 countries. They have performed and recorded with over 100 of the world’s most prestigious symphony orchestras, choral groups and musical accompaniment in acclaimed venues such as Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA performs all of the Original ELO greatest hits as certified by the Billboard Top 40 Category in the United States as well as the songs which charted by the New Musical Express and the Record Retailers Music Week charts in the United Kingdom music press.

The Southwest Florida Symphony’s Brave New Pops series is sponsored by Ellie Fox.

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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,