Pianist, and Southwest Florida Symphony Masterworks II guest artist, Andrew Armstrong accompanies violinist, James Ehnes during his recital at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Southwest Florida Symphony

WORLD CLASS MUSIC IN PARADISE

LEE COUNTY’S ONLY

PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRA

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

NEWS RELEASE

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Contact: (239) 418-0996

E-mail: [email protected]

Southwest Florida Symphony guest artist appears at

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center this month

Fort Myers, Florida- Pianist, and Southwest Florida Symphony Masterworks II guest artist, Andrew Armstrong accompanies violinist, James Ehnes during his recital at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in historic Downtown Fort Myers. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 the week of the recital. Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. Andrew Armstrong is an accomplished pianist and soloist in his own rite. Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences around the world. He has performed solo recitals and appeared with orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. He has performed with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and in chamber music with the Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and as a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Andrew’s photos may be accessed here: http://www.andrewarmstrong.com/artist.php?view=gallery&albumid=834

Andrew Armstrong performs with the Southwest Florida Symphony during Maestro Nir Kabaretti’s inaugural concert, Masterworks II: American Masterpieces on Saturday, January 17, 2015 and at the symphony’s Simply Classics chamber concerts, also conducted by Maestro Kabaretti, at the Shell Point Village Church on January 13 and at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island on January 14. For tickets and more information to all Southwest Florida Symphony performances, call 239-418-1500 or visit www.swflso.org.

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 54th 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 54th year promises to be a season of excitement and celebration as it announces and welcomes its new maestro, internationally acclaimed Nir Kabaretti. The incoming music director will be the fifth in the organization’s history and was selected through a painstaking process of interviews, public appearances and live auditions during the 2013-14 season. 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.

Southwest Florida Symphony Sponsors

The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 2014-15 sponsors include The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, The City of Ft. 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, Mr. Richard Prescott, Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists, The Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation, Rev. Gary & Mrs. Christine LaCroix, Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Munsch, Mr. Don Fjellin, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Bailey’s General Store, Crowne Plaza, Shoeless Joe’s, Mastello Restaurant, Sheeley Architects, Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown, LCEC, The Cape Coral Community Foundation, Baird Private Wealth Management and Rebecca Ross, Mr. & Mrs. Stefan & Christine Riesenfeld, The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, The City of Fort Myers, The Friends of the Symphony on Sanibel, The Friends of Beethoven and Mr. & Mrs. Steve and Charlotte Qua.

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Event: Southwest Florida Symphony guest artist, Andrew Armstrong performance

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Time: Cocktails at 7:00 p.m., performance at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 the week of the concert.

For more information, call 239-333-1933

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