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Kabaretti to bid the Southwest Florida Symphony farewell

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019


The Southwest Florida Symphony recently announced that the orchestra’s 2019-2020 season will be Maestro Nir Kabaretti’s final year leading World-Class Music in Paradise.

After an exceptionally busy summer of conducting throughout Europe and Israel and the increasing global demand for his artistic leadership, Kabaretti has decided to step down from the podium.

“This wasn’t an easy decision,” he said. “Southwest Florida is a beautiful community. I will always treasure the time I spent here with this orchestra.”

Since Kabaretti’s arrival in 2014, the orchestra has experienced a renaissance, enjoying audience growth through his conducting style and approachable personality both on and off the podium. His performances have consistently received rave reviews and inspired countless standing ovations.

His ability to marry contemporary works with classical composition, paying particular attention to including American composers in the orchestra’s programming, has won over even the most conservative classical music enthusiasts and his pre-concert lectures, led in an informal style that invites question-and-answer sessions, have filled the seats of the Barbara B. Mann Hall with nearly a thousand curious patrons at each Masterworks Concert Kabaretti has led.


“All of Southwest Florida has been fortunate to have enjoyed the musicianship, leadership and charisma of Maestro Kabaretti for six years,” Southwest Florida Symphony Board Chairman Tom Uhler said. “We’re a better community because of his contribution.”