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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, has been awarded $79,125 in grants from the L.A.T. Foundation, Rotary Club of Fort Myers and the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club to fund rehearsal space updates, season programming and school ensemble performances.
“We are truly humbled by the generous support from our community partners,” said Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony. “These funds will allow us to continue growing our programming and performance offerings throughout Southwest Florida.”
The Southwest Florida Symphony hosts a variety of rehearsals and concerts at Bell Tower throughout the season.
The L.A.T. Foundation, a private foundation based in Fort Myers, presented the Southwest Florida Symphony a $75,000 grant to support its mainstage concerts at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall during the 2022-23 performance season and operations at the symphony’s rehearsal space at Bell Tower.
A second grant for $3,000 from the Rotary Club of Fort Myers, Southwest Florida’s oldest and largest rotary club, will also help support the Southwest Florida Symphony’s upcoming season.
In addition, the Southwest Florida Symphony has received a $1,125 grant from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club in support of Sanibel School Ensemble performances during the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.
The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 62nd season will be led by newly appointed Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu, shaping the sound of the Symphony and leading the orchestra into the future. The 2022-23 season will include a variety of Masterworks, Pops, TinyConcert and Holiday Pops performances. Full season details, subscription and ticketing information are available by calling 239-418-1500 or visiting www.swflso.org/concerts.
The Southwest Florida Symphony made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961, playing in schools and community centers, with a roster of only 24 volunteer musicians. Today, the symphony boasts a roster of 70 world-class musicians, and is Lee County’s only fully professional orchestra.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, visit swflso.org or call 239-418-1500.