New York Brass Arts Trio Returns to Sanibel Music Festival Next Week

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

New York Brass Arts Trio: Haim Avitsur, trombone; Joe Burgstaller, trumpet; David Jolley, horn

On Tuesday, March 28, the musically infectious New York Brass Arts Trio returns to southwest Florida, hosted by Sanibel Music Festival. Hailed as the first brass group to play with the sensitivity and fluidity of strings, they are known to leave audiences enlightened, engaged, and even laughing. Reviews cite them as “fun, artistically incarnate, and thoroughly entertaining.”

Tickets are on sale now at; in-person at Peace Lutheran Church , 15840 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers; or by phone at 239-344-7025. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Festival’s temporary venue, Peace Lutheran Church. Tickets are $50. Student tickets are complimentary, underwritten by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.

The program is a fascinating combination including Bach: Trio Sonata in G Major, Bartok: Duets for Three, Ravel: 2 Mélodies Hébraïques, Chick Corea: Children’s Songs, Harlen Arlen: Over the Rainbow, and additional short selections.

Each member of the trio is a world-class soloist in their own right. Joe Burgstaller is a former featured trumpeter and arranger with the legendary Canadian Brass. David Jolley is a founding member of the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Haim Avitsur is the only trombonist named a 2005 and 2007 Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine.

The Sanibel Music Festival season closes this year with the popular FGCU Bower School of Music Chamber Strings performing as part of the Emerging Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. April the festival’s temporary venue, Peace Lutheran Church. Under the direction of Dr Kyle Szabo, students will perform trios and quartets by Schubert, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Ravel, and Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 and student tickets are complimentary, underwritten by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.

The Sanibel Music Festival, celebrating its 36th season, presents world renowned artists during the month of March. 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.

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