FGCU Chamber Ensembles Return to Sanibel Music Festival

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Dr. Kyle Szabo, Head of Strings Studies and Orchestra Director at the Bower School of Music

On Tuesday, April 4, the Bower School of Music & the Arts String Ensembles will perform at Sanibel Music Festival. Known for inspiring performances and amazing musicianship, students under the direction of Dr. Kyle Szabo will demonstrate the vitality of classical music among young people as participants in the Festival’s Emerging Artist Series.

Tickets are on sale now at www.SanibelMusicFestival.org; in-person at Peace Lutheran Church in Ft Myers; or by phone at 239-344-7025. The concert is at 7:30pm on April 4 at the Festival’s temporary venue, Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, Florida, 33908. Tickets are $10. Student tickets are complimentary, underwritten by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.

“This year’s program features strings, woodwinds, and piano in an enticing variety of combinations,” said Gloria Garrett, Festival Board Member and FGCU liaison. The concert starts with W.A. Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 and Charles Martin Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano. Emilie Mayer’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 14 follows with Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115. The concert concludes with Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director, The Bower School of Music & the Arts

Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts, is an award-winning professor, international performer, and opera stage director in his own right. “I’m delighted the partnership with Sanibel Music Festival provides the opportunity to showcase student talent in the community,” said Biernacki. “Under Dr. Kyle Szabo’s leadership, the orchestra has grown significantly and is more than ready to be part of the regional music arena,” continued Biernacki.

The Bower School of Music & the Arts is the center of cultural life at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Southwest Florida and throughout the region. FGCU offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs, acting as an incubator for entrepreneurs and a cultural resource for the region. The Bower School of Music & the Arts features specialized curricula including degrees in Music, Music Performance, Music Education and Music Therapy. Performance opportunities include choirs, bands, symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles. More information is available at www.fgcu.edu/bsma .

The Sanibel Music Festival, celebrating its 36th season, presents world renowned artists during the month of March and an Emerging Artist Series concert in April and December. Incorporated in 1987 as a non-for-profit organization, its mission is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices and to promote the careers of emerging artists through performance opportunities. The Festival is grateful for the support of Lee County Tourist Development Council and for website sponsorship by the Bank of the Islands. More is available at www.sanibelmusicfestival.org .

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