The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 55th season of Masterworks with Masterworks III: Love Triangle on Saturday, February 13, 2016

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The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 55th season of Masterworks with Masterworks III: Love Triangle

on Saturday, February 13, 2016


Date: Monday, January 18, 2016

Contact: (239) 418-0996

Fort Myers, FL The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s professional orchestra and one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s gulf coast, turns the page in its “Symphonic Storybook” once again to Masterworks III: Love Triangle. This concert is under the baton of Music Director Nir Kabaretti and takes place at 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Tickets cost between $24 and $84 per person and may be purchased online at, 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 in person at the Barbara B. Mann Box Office one hour prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. Patrons are invited to attend a conductor-led pre-concert lecture at 7 PM, one hour prior to the performance. Maestro Kabaretti and the symphony’s guest artists enhance the concert experience through their insights into the pieces being performed.

Masterworks III: Love Triangle tells the heartbreaking tale of young musical prodigy, Johannes Brahms, who is discovered by older mentor, Robert Schumann. Schumann invites the budding virtuoso to come live with him and his wife to better develop his talent. As the young man achieves stardom, his mentor’s mental health deteriorates, and rumors start to circulate that his wife and the young musician are becoming more than just close friends…This drama entangled the lives of three great Romantic composers: Robert Schumann, his wife Clara, and the young Johannes Brahms. Come hear the musical genius of all three sides of this love triangle, as the Southwest Florida Symphony under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti performs Robert Schumann’s fiery Manfred Overture (inspired by the poetry of Lord Byron), Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor featuring Jillian Prescott Scholarship Award Winner Noah Wadell, and Brahms’ lyrical and passionate Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Noah Waddell Bio

Noah Waddell began playing the piano shortly after his 7th birthday. For the first few years, he looked forward to his weekly lesson, but it was simply an extracurricular activity among his many other interests. In 2011, Noah discovered his amazing God-given gift after winning a competition and started to practice regularly.

Noah has performed at concert halls, performing arts centers, and churches. “Noah’s Concert for the Kids” at the Big Arts on Sanibel Island raised over $30,000 for the new Golisano children’s hospital of Southwest Florida. He currently donates some of his time and talents weekly to “The Arts in Healthcare Program” at Lee Memorial Hospitals. NBC and Wink News featured a story showcasing his talents as a child prodigy who gives back to the local community. He has also appeared on the PBS TV Show, “Curious Kids” and the Christian Television Network. After winning a concerto competition at 12 years old, Noah made his orchestral debut, performing three concerts as a soloist with the Tampa Bay Symphony. Since then, Noah has performed with the Coral Gables Chamber Symphony. In 2014, Noah won his first international piano competition that was held in Fort Collins, Colorado. Just recently, Noah performed on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. Noah is a 9th grader at Crosspointe Academy and enjoys a variety of activities, including tennis, basketball, fishing, and pickleball. He also loves his two Havanese dogs, Bach and Mozart.

Noah has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical young performer not afraid to take risks. He is serious and sensitive with an innate musicality rarely found in an artist of his age. “I am very grateful for my God-given gift of music and my utmost desire is that you will enjoy it too.”

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.

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 and the Red Lipstick Foundation, Suncoast Schools Credit Union and Mark Loren Designs.


Event: Southwest Florida Symphony’s Masterworks III: Love Triangle

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

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

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