Sanibel Music Festival Curtails 2020 Season Following Gagliano Concert

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Avery Gagliano, First Prize Winner, 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition with Nina Orrell, Sanibel Music Festival Vice President

Following the concert of Avery Gagliano, winner of the prestigious National Chopin Piano Competition, Sanibel Music Festival curtailed it’s 2020 season on March 14 citing public health concerns and inability of upcoming performers to travel from overseas.

“Sanibel Music Festival will close down 2020 operations this week and focus on presenting an excellent concert series in 2021,” announced festival president Jana Stone. “We plan to offer ticket holders the option of applying un-used 2020 tickets next season and will be announcing a procedure to do that shortly.”

“Avery Gagliano gave a stunning performance,” said festival Vice President Nina Orrell. “She played an all-Chopin program with alternating sensitivity and ferocity belying her youth, resulting in a standing ovation and multiple curtain calls.” Gagliano prevailed over 25 competitors to win a $100,000 prize, entry to the world wide Chopin Competition in Warsaw later this year, and an extensive concert tour organized by The Chopin Foundation, including the kick-off on Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Music Festival is a volunteer organization presenting a concert series of chamber music, piano recital and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber every year in March in a venue promising excellent acoustics and an intimate listening experience. Visit for breaking news on the 2021 season and more information about the festival venue, the Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island.

“An important part of the festival’s mission is to promote the careers of emerging artists,” continued Orrell. “The 2021 concert series will continue our tradition of combining emerging artists and celebrated masters, plus the return of some Sanibel favorites. And there may be new twists as we celebrate our 35th year in 2021,” she smiled.

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