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Annual festival to present local chamber ensembles


PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Music Festival's Emerging Artist Series will bring the FGCU Bower School of Music and The Arts' Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Strings to the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa in March.

This year, the Sanibel Music Festival will launch the Emerging Artist Series in March.

It will feature chamber ensembles from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music and The Arts on March 23 and March 30 at 11 a.m. at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa on Sanibel.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kyle Szabo and the talented Bower School of Music artists to Sanibel,” festival President Jana Stone said. “The Emerging Artist Series will showcase promising talent in a beautiful island venue, while allowing strict observance of public health standards.”

The venue offers socially-distanced seating, easy accessibility and on-site parking.

Concern for COVID-19 conditions caused the festival’s organizers to rethink the annual seven-concert series this year, which typically features a mix of chamber music, piano recital and vocal ensemble.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying the daytime concerts this year,” Vice President Nina Orrell said. “The 2022 season is planned to return to evening performances with an outstanding program, including the multiple award-winning Emerson String Quartet, honored with nine Grammys.”

A five-member music committee reviews every composition considered for presentation.

“Our goal is to carefully craft a balanced, yet diverse program,” Board Member Sue Pick, who leads the committee, said. “We are working with Dr. Kyle Szabo, orchestra director and head of string studies at the Bower School of Music, on an exciting program for March, including some beloved favorites.”

“The Sanibel Music Festival is a great partner,” Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, director of the Bower School of Music and the Arts, said. “The school serves as the hub of campus cultural life, while preparing students to excel as professionals in the arts and related fields. Performing in the community is a rich musical opportunity for students and allows us to contribute to the impressive cultural texture of Southwest Florida.”

To register in advance for guaranteed seats and to make a free will donation, visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org. Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits.

PHOTO PROVIDED President Jana Stone, Michael Newhouse, Vice President Nina Orrell, David Conrad and Sue Pic with the Sanibel Music Festival's 2021 Music Committee.

The public can also register by calling 239-344-7025 or writing to the Sanibel Music Festival at P.O. Box 1623, Sanibel, FL 33957. Donation checks are welcome by mail; there will also be a contact-free collection box set up at the concerts. Donations will support the Bower School of Music & The Arts.

For more information, visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org or call 239-344-7025.

The Sanibel Music Festival is a non-profit volunteer organization with a mission to present classical music of the highest standard and to promote the careers of emerging artists through performance opportunities. It features visiting artists from across the United States and abroad and will continue in 2022, celebrating its 35th anniversary. For more information, visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org.

For more about the Bower School of Music and the Arts, visit www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsma.

The Sundial Beach Resort and Spa is 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel.

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki