FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2022) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, has made temporary changes to its after-school music education programs due to impacts to The Heights Center following Hurricane Ian. Rehearsals will be held at the symphony’s Bell Tower space until further notice. Practices will have updated hours, including String Quartet from 4 to 5 p.m., MOSAIC from 5 to 6:20 p.m. and Youth Orchestra from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Additionally, the concert planned for Nov. 14 has been rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Bell Tower. Space is limited and guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs.

To learn more about music education programs or to enroll a student, call 239-482-7706, ext. 4006.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, upcoming season performances and subscription and ticketing information, visit or call 239-418-1500.

About the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Ensembles

Originally called the Palm Coast Youth Symphony, The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1988. It was an organization that afforded young people in the greater Fort Myers area the opportunity to learn and perform great classical music. In 1999, the Palm Coast Youth Symphony merged with the Southwest Florida Symphony and continues today as part of the Symphony’s family of affiliates. In 2022, the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra partnered with the Heights Center so that both programs can provide beginner music education, while giving those beginners a path to programs that suit their advancement as their skills and interest grow. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide the opportunity for individual growth of musically talented youth through training and performance of the highest quality orchestral literature, to develop pride and self-esteem in young people from all cultural backgrounds through individual musical achievement, to instill values and discipline through musical experiences that can be carried through life, and to perpetuate support of professional classical music by enriching local culture and by providing future musicians and audience members for major orchestras.

About the Southwest Florida Symphony

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. To learn more, visit or call 239-418-1500.

About The Height Foundation

The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. Its mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for education, opportunity and enrichment and serves 134 children through the after-school program and summer camp. To learn more about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, visit

Amy Ginsburg, Southwest Florida Symphony, 239-418-0996,
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