provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Sanibel Music Festival concludes the 2022 season April 5 with the Bower School of Music Symphony Orchestra from Florida Gulf Coast University. “We anticipate an inspiring performance and amazing musicianship again this year,” said Festival board member Gloria Garrett. “The W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 38, “Prague” and the Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite will be presented as complete works.”
Members of The Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Sanibel Music Festival launched the Emerging Artist Series in 2021 supported by sponsors Gene and Lee Seidler. “Our goal is to better acquaint the Sanibel community with the great offerings available to us less than an hour away at FGCU,” explained Lee Seidler, a Festival board member and Vice President. “With the Seidler’s continued support in 2022, the Festival can continue to participate in the increasing popularity of classical music among young people documented by recent studies,” continued Garrett.
“Southwest Florida is ahead of the curve,” said Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music and the Arts. “The growing reputation of our strings program is a factor in attracting top level students to the region.”
“The Symphony Orchestra filled the hall and earned a standing ovation last December at the “All is Bright” concert featured at the Chamber of Commerce Luminary Weekend,” added Garrett. Local musician and Sanibel resident Colleen Zurcher-McGauran sponsored that concert and said, “It is our responsibility to introduce classical music of the highest caliber to young people. I encourage the community to attend the concert April 5 and consider making a donation.”
Emerging Artist Series concerts are performed for free will donations supporting the Bower School of Music. Pre-register to assure seating at the Sanibel Music Festival website. The concert will take place at 11 a.m. at Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way.