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Center Stage: Concerts wrap up as next season’s schedules come out

By Staff | May 14, 2019

Marsha Wagner

Notice how: Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, where oh where the birdies is?

Now that the snowbirds have flown, we can take a deep breath, get out our 2019-2020 calendars and begin thinking of ordering theater subscriptions for next season; thereby keeping our favorite concert and theater seats and planning ahead to secure our tickets before shows sell out – and we get better prices when we order early.

I’ll start with Community Concerts and tell of the final two concerts performed for the season’s finale. Two reigning music virtuosi, Itzhak Perlman and Sir James Galway, performed the last Community Concerts on two different evenings.

Perlman of course is not only an amazing artist, but his playful sense of humor and his irrepressible joy of performing made for an evening that was filled with gasps of sheer pleasure as well as a case of unrestrained giggles, making for a joyous evening, which will live long in everyone’s memory. The performance was followed by another musical legend, Galway, who wowed us with his dazzling musicianship on the flute, as well as his irrepressible Irish sense fun. These two final performances ended the Community Concerts season on a very high note indeed.

Can’t wait to hear what Community Concerts has planned for us next season. We can always count on six wonderful offerings, which usually contain a European symphony orchestra, an opera, a ballet company, and three other soloists or ensembles.

Believe it or not, you still get six world-class concerts at the following prices:

– Rows A-O, center orchestra: $165

– Orchestra, all other rows: $155

– Mezzanine, rows AA-DD: $165

– Mezzanine, all other rows: $155

– Lower balcony, rows JJ-RR: $85

– Upper balcony, rows SS-ZZ: $65

Just look at those prices for six performances; it’s what you might pay for one seat to one performance in any other theater. So, I’d suggest you call Community Concerts now and reserve your next season tickets at 239-693-4849.

Next on the agenda, April 27 was the final concert of the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Masterworks Series, which also ended on a high note as a matter of fact – every concert this season was nothing short of spectacular. Bravo to our very own symphony orchestra! Now is the time to order next season’s tickets since the symphony has announced the following for 2019-2020:

– Masterworks 1, Interstellar Symphony-Holst: The Planets on Nov. 9

– Masterworks 2, The Romantix-Brukner: Symphony No. 4 on Jan. 11

– Masterworks 3, A Night at the Opera Returns on Feb. 8

– Masterworks 4, American Beauty on March 21

– Masterworks 5, Beethoven on May 2

Prices range from the orchestra for five Masterworks are orchestra $457 to $75 for upper balcony; orchestra for Masterworks 1, 2, 3 and 4 are $368 to $60 for upper balcony. These are the best savings: early bird subscriptions and 18 percent off on single tickets.

My suggestion is phone the Southwest Florida Symphony box office at 239-418-0725, which is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for all the prices and seating arrangements you might need or desire.

Well that takes care of the concert season. Next week I’ll give you the scoop on the Florida Repertory Theatre’s season, Bill Taylor’s Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance of the Arts and Broadway Palm’s productions for both the summer and next season. Ya’ll have a good week ya hear!