Alto, Gaja Kabaretti, performs with choral groups during the Southwest Florida Symphony’s season opener on November 21st

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8290 College Pkwy Suite 103 Ft. Myers, FL 33919 239-418-1500 www.swflso.org

Alto, Gaja Kabaretti, performs with choral groups

during the Southwest Florida Symphony’s season opener

on November 21st

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

E-mail: Amy Ginsburg Padilla at [email protected]

Fort Myers, Florida- The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s professional orchestra and the one of oldest on Florida’s gulf coast, struck artistic gold when it appointed internationally acclaimed Maestro Nir Kabaretti as its music director and conductor. In addition to his wealth of experience conducting major orchestras across continents, his enthusiastic following in Santa Barbara where he enters his 10th season as its music director and his groundbreaking artistic vision, Maestro Kabaretti came to the symphony with a lovely and talented bonus package; his wife Gaja. Operatically trained alto, Gaja Kabaretti, will perform as part of the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida during its collaboration with the Southwest Florida Symphony on Saturday, November 21st at Masterworks I: Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. . This performance happens at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8:00 p.m. Prior to the performance, at 7p.m., patrons are invited to attend a conductor led pre-concert lecture. These lectures are offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed. Tickets cost between $24 and $84 per person and may be purchased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.

Gaja Kabaretti Bio

Gaja Hubbard was born in Florence into a family of British origins. She began her voice studies at the age of 16 and made her operatic debut in 1999 in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Nella) next to the historical Schicchi of baritone Giuseppe Taddei. In 2000 she took part in the first world recording of Leoncavallo’s Zazà released by Bongiovanni.

In 2008 she made her debut in Israel performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Raanana Symphonette under the baton of her husband, Maestro Nir Kabaretti. Later she decided to combine her legal and musical skills undertaking the profession of artist management and, after many years of performance, gave her last solo concert singing Vivaldi’s Gloria at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.

In addition to her musical studies, she graduated in law at Università degli Studi di Firenze and though she is passionate about opera, artist management and law, she has dedicated the last five years to the most important job ever; raising her children Adam, born in 2010 and Amanda, born in 2012.

Masterworks I info

The Southwest Florida Symphony opens its 55th anniversary season on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 with Masterworks I: Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. This performance happens at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8:00 p.m. Prior to the performance, at 7p.m., patrons are invited to attend a conductor led pre-concert lecture. These lectures are offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed. Tickets cost between $24 and $84 per person and may be purchased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.

Masterworks I: Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is conducted by the Southwest Florida Symphony’s internationally renowned music director, Maestro Nir Kabaretti. The Maestro and the orchestra invite you to take a walking tour of the Austrian countryside along with Ludwig van Beethoven as they perform his Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, the Pastoral Symphony. Beethoven paints a vivid musical picture of murmuring brooks, woodland birds, merry peasants and even the occasional thunderstorm in the unusual five-movement structure of this epic work.

For the second half of the concert, Maestro Kabaretti and the orchestra are joined by acclaimed soloists, soprano, Jenna Black, tenor, Ben Brecher and baritone, Anton Belov along with The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida and The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers to take a walk on the wild side of the Middle Ages in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, complete with tales of roasting swans, drunken monks and all the sensual pleasures and perils of love, while Fortune’s wheel relentlessly turns. We are grateful to the Southwest Florida Symphony Society for sponsoring the first Masterworks Concert of the season.

Southwest Florida Symphony General Information

The Southwest Florida Symphony is the only professional orchestra in Lee County and the one of the oldest on Florida’s gulf coast. It enters its 55th season this year, having made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961. Conducted by Arlo Deibler, the Symphony began its life as a community orchestra and its original roster consisted of 24 musicians. It performed in community centers and schools throughout Lee and Collier Counties. It has since grown to become Lee County’s only professional symphony orchestra, filling Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall with symphonic music enthusiasts and a roster consisting of more than 65 world-class musicians. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 55th year promises to be a season of continued enthusiasm as internationally acclaimed Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads the symphony into another season of blockbuster performances. Maestro Kabaretti is the fifth music director in the organization’s history. His presence and caliber of musicality garnered record setting attendance at many of the symphony’s 2014-15 Masterworks Concerts. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s mission is to celebrate the joy of music and to inspire audiences with a variety of quality concerts performed by professional musicians that are accessible to all.

This season features the Southwest Florida Symphony’s signature Masterworks Classical Concert Series, entitled A Symphonic Storybook (November 21, Carmina Burana; January 23, One Thousand and One Nights; February 13, Love Triangle; March 5, A Night at the Opera; and April 2 & 3, The Shakespeare Experience), a special Holiday Pops concert entitled The Holidays in Paradise on December 16 & 17 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, December 19 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, December 20 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel and December 21 at The Village Church at Shell Point; its Pops Series (Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration on January 8 & 9; A Night at the Oscars on February 5 & 6; and My Sinatra on April 2 & 3), a chamber series called Small Stage Symphonies, performed at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island (January 13, February 3 and March 23), Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral (August 12, 2015, January 15 and March 22), The Village Church at Shell Point (August 13, 2015, January 14 and February 4), and at the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center (August 14, 2015 and March 21).

Maestro Nir Kabaretti bio

Nir Kabaretti comes to Southwest Florida from the Santa Barbara Symphony in California, where he also serves as music and artistic director. He enters his tenth season with Santa Barbara this year. He has been described as “a conductor with immense musicality and warm personality” by Maestro Zubin Mehta. Kabaretti has earned an impressive reputation across continents for his command of a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire.

Upon graduation from the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti began working as coach and Chorus Master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He later advanced to positions as Assistant to the Music Director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Personal Assistant to Maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy.

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, such as Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud. His guest conducting appearances have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orquestre National du Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, Real Orquesta Sinfònica de Sevilla, La Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and the Bochumer Symphoniker.

He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel in 2002, and later as its Music Director till 2008.

Kabaretti’s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, The Israeli Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Avenches Opera Festival in Switzerland, Tokyo New National Theatre and Opera Santa Barbara.

He conducted The Diary of Anne Frank, a guest production of the Vienna State Opera performed at both the Bregenz Festival and Expo 2000 in Hannover. In 2005, Kabaretti lead Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on its first tour to Japan, conducting Il Trovatore both in Kyoto and Tokyo.

During the 2004-05 season he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala di Milano. In 2007 he was invited again for the ballet production of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer night’s Dream (broadcasted by Italian television RAI, and released as a commercial DVD).

Maestro Kabaretti received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for Young Conductors. In 1993, he won the Forum Junger Künstler Conducting Competition in Vienna. In 1994 he was among the finalists in the International Competition for Conductors in Douai, France.

Click HERE for Jenna Black’s Bio

Click HERE for Ben Brecher’s Bio

Click HERE for Anton Belov’s Bio

Southwest Florida Symphony Sponsors

The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 2015-16 sponsors include The Southwest Florida Symphony’s Board of Trustees, The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, The City of Fort Myers, The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Florida Council on Arts & Culture, The Southwest Florida Symphony Endowment Foundation, The Southwest Florida Symphony Society, The L.A.T. Foundation, Uhler & Vertich Financial Planners, Enterprise Rent-a-car, IberiaBank, The Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation, Rev. Gary & Mrs. Christine LaCroix, Mr. Charles B. Munsch, Mr. Don Fjellin, Ernie Fogg & Margot Flinn,‘Tween Waters Inn, Bailey’s General Store, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Crowne Plaza, Mastello Ristorante, Advanced Pain Management and Spine Specialists, Alexander & Hoover, LCEC, The Cape Coral Community Foundation, The Friends of the Symphony on Sanibel, Mr. & Mrs. Steve and Charlotte Qua, Pamela Templeton in honor of the Red Lipstick Foundation, Madeleine Taeni, Suncoast Schools Credit Union and Mark Loren Designs.

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Event: Southwest Florida Symphony’s Masterworks I: Carmina Burana & Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Location: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Time: 8:00 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $24-$84

For more information, call 239-418-1500 or visit www.swflso.org

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