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Southwest Florida Symphony to perform TinyPops

By SWFL SYMPHONY - | Mar 12, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Southwest Florida Symphony String Quartet

The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its revamped 2020-21 season with TinyPops Concerts in various locations throughout Southwest Florida from March 25-28, including one set for Sanibel.

It developed the TinyPops Concerts in collaboration with guest pianist Andrew Armstrong. They are pared down traditional Pops Concerts featuring timeless standards, in this case arranged for piano and string quartet by Armstrong. The concerts are no more than 75 minutes long, with no intermission in order to provide the safest environment while honoring the mission of performing orchestral music.

The March concerts feature internationally lauded Andrew Armstrong, who regularly accompanies superstar violinist James Ehnes, with a Southwest Florida Symphony string quartet and consists of a mix of delightful standards like “It Had to be You,” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and “Tea for Two” and light classical pieces like Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” and Chopin’s “Fantasie-Impromptu.”

“This program is a luxurious chance to bend popular music toward the classical music world I’ve been inhabiting these last few decades; and to pull the classical world back toward popular,” he said. “We’ll dress old favorites like ‘Tea for Two’ and ‘I Ain’t Got Nobody’ in the instrumentation of the piano quintet, create variations and rhapsodies on the themes, to revel in all the ways this rich and incredible musical Americana can be developed and revelled in.”

“I can’t wait to explore it all with the spectacular musicians of the Southwest Florida Symphony,” Armstrong added.

PHOTO PROVIDED Andrew Armstrong

The concert dates and venues are as follows:

– March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers

– March 26 at 5 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Artistic & Operations Center at Bell Tower in South Fort Myers

– March 27 at 7 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel

– March 28 at 4 p.m. at the Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.swflso.org.