FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2022) – The Southwest Florida Symphony Society is excited to announce newly appointed Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu will be the guest of honor at the society’s first luncheon of the Southwest Florida Symphony’s 62nd season. The luncheon will be held Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers at 11:30 a.m. and will be open to the public.

The registration deadline is Sept. 2, and reservations can be made by calling 239-666-1230 and leaving a message on the reservation line. The cost to attend is $25 per person if paid by cash or check and $26 if paid by credit card. Payment is collected at the door. This is a price fixe lunch of pecan chicken salad with berries, and an apple blossom for dessert. A vegetarian option is also available if specified at the time of reservation. Additional luncheons will be hosted on the first Friday of each month at different venues throughout Lee County through April 2023.

For more than 50 years, the Southwest Florida Symphony Society has existed as the symphony’s all-volunteer auxiliary fundraising arm. Each year, society volunteers put in nearly 20,000 hours and donate between $20,000 and $100,000 to the symphony. The society 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 society 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 Society or apply to join, visit

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,