The Southwest Florida Symphony Society, the Southwest Florida Symphony’s fundraising auxiliary, holds a welcome party for the Southwest Florida Symphony’s new music director and conductor, Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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The Southwest Florida Symphony Society holds welcome party for symphony’s new music director, Maestro Nir Kabaretti


Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Contact: (239) 418-0996

E-mail: Amy Padilla at [email protected]

Fort Myers, FL— The Southwest Florida Symphony Society, the Southwest Florida Symphony’s fundraising auxiliary, holds a welcome party for the Southwest Florida Symphony’s new music director and conductor, Nir Kabaretti, on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. A VIP party will be held at Blue Pointe Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill in the Bell Tower Shops from 5:30pm-6:30pm and a general reception will be held in the Center Courtyard at Bell Tower Shops from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The Bell Tower Shops are located at 13499 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. VIP tickets cost $100 per person and include a champagne reception. General reception tickets cost $35 per person and include an international food and wine tasting. Both receptions provide opportunities to meet and get to know Maestro Kabaretti and his wife, Gaja. Tickets to these receptions must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check to the Southwest Florida Symphony box office or by visiting the box office in person. The box office is located at 8290 College Parkway in Fort Myers and box office hours are Monday thru Friday from 10am-4pm. For more information, call Joan Calder at 239-454-5942 or visit WWW.SWFLSO.ORG.

Southwest Florida Symphony Society information

The generous spirit of volunteerism is evident through membership of over 300 individuals in the Symphony Society. This all-volunteer organization serves as the Southwest Florida Symphony’s largest fund-raising arm. Each year The Society’s volunteers contribute nearly 20,000 hours and provide between $70,000 and $100,000 to the Symphony. With its flagship year in 1970, The Southwest Florida Symphony Society was founded by Veronica Awiss, and consisted of 23 members, including charter member, Barbara B. Mann. By the end of the Society’s first season, its membership roster grew to 150 women. The Symphony Society now hosts a wide variety of fundraising events each season from luncheons to educational programs and even cruises, all to benefit the Southwest Florida Symphony. Membership is open to anyone and costs between $40 and $75 per year, plus a one time $10 initiation fee. For more information and for membership applications, call the Southwest Florida Symphony Society Office at 239-731-0426, visit or the Society’s Facebook page at

Southwest Florida Symphony General Information

The Southwest Florida Symphony is the only professional orchestra in Lee County and 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 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.

This season features the Southwest Florida Symphony’s signature Masterworks Classical Concert Series, entitled A Symphonic Voyage Across the World (November 15, A Postcard from Italy; January 17, American Masterpieces; February 21, Viva España; March 28, From Russia with Love; and April 25 & 26, Beethoven: JOY!), a special Holiday Pops concert entitled Christmas in Paradise on Saturday, December 13 at Barbara B. Mann Hall, Monday, December 15 at the Shell Point Village Church and Wednesday, December 17 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel; its Pops Series entitled Quintessential Southwest Florida, (The Music of Champions: Sports Themes, Fight Songs & the Sounds of Team Spirit on February 6 & 7; A Tribute to Erich Kunzel on March 13 & 14; and Classic Country: A Salute to Dolly & Patsy on April 3 & 4), a Sanibel Series, performed at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island (January 14, February 11 and March 11) and additional concerts at the Shell Point Village Church (January 13 and March 16),

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: The Southwest Florida Symphony Society hosts a Welcome Maestro Kabaretti party

Dates: Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Location: VIP champagne reception at Blue Pointe Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill, general reception in the Center Courtyard at Bell Tower Shops

Time: VIP Reception, 5:30pm-6:30pm, general reception from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Tickets: VIP tickets cost $100 per person, general admission costs $35 per person.

For tickets and more information, call the box office at 239-418-1500 or administrative office at 239-418-0996 or visit

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