provided to The Santiva Chronicle
The Southwest Florida Symphony, the only professional orchestra in Lee County and fourth oldest orchestra in the state, is excited to announce tickets are available for its annual Holiday Pops. The concerts, called The SWFLSO Christmas Show! will feature regularly featured locally beloved guest artist, returning from Philadelphia, Andrew Lipke.
Under Andrew Lipke’s direction, the orchestra will explore what makes beloved holiday hits so timeless through new twists on old classics. The performance will feature a mash-up of the Nutcracker themes blended with traditional favorites and new lyrics.
The audience will also have an opportunity to sing-along as the Southwest Florida Symphony performs the “12 Days of FLORIDA Christmas.”
Concerts will be held at:
• Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.: The Gulf Theater, Punta Gorda
• Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.: The Village Church at Shell Point, Fort Myers
• Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.: First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs
The Southwest Florida Symphony is excited to be joined by Andrew Lipke, a Philadelphia-based instrumentalist and composer, for these performances. Lipke, who was born in South Africa and attended The University of The Arts, is a critically acclaimed and sought-after arranger, producer, composer, performer and educator. He has performed as a vocalist with several prominent American orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony, North Carolina Symphony and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, in addition to touring the country with the critically acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute band Get The Led Out. He has produced dozens of records for local and regional artists and released five solo albums.
To purchase tickets or learn more, visit swflso.org/tickets/.
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. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 62nd year continues the orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence as newly appointed Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu leads his inaugural season of spectacular performances. Maestro Paponiu, the sixth music director in the organization’s history, also serves as the associate conductor and youth orchestra director for the Naples Philharmonic in addition to guest-conducting with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, upcoming season performances and subscription and ticketing information, visit swflso.org or call 239-418-1500.