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Thank you for your interest in the Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University. We are pleased to offer tickets to our Faculty & Guest Artist Series in our state-of-the-art U. Tobe Recital Hall located inside the Music Building. Many of our student ensemble concerts are free, some cost $10 for the general public and $7 for students, and some require complementary tickets. Most, but not all, of the student ensemble concerts will be in the U. Tobe Recital Hall. Please be sure to double check ticket information, concert times and locations for each event. We have no ability to refund or exchange tickets. The U. Tobe Recital Hall seats 210. There is no reserved seating. The doors will open one half hour prior to the scheduled concert time.

Directions: From Ben Hill Griffin Parkway enter FGCU’s main entrance. Drive to the first stop sign and turn right. Follow the curve around to the next stop sign and turn left. There will be a parking lot directly on your right as soon as you turn, and the Music Building is at the end of this lot. Please park here. Once you enter the sliding glass doors, the U. Tobe Recital Hall is on the right.     

August 2014: If you are a member of HUM 2510, please check back for more information on the concerts that will count toward your music appreciation grade.   

New for 2014-2015...

Bower School of Music & the Arts is pleased to announce a new subscription series for the 2014-2015 Season. Get your tickets all at once, and save up to 20%! If you were one of the people who missed out on seats at one of last season's sold out concerts or theatre performances, you will be guaranteed a seat this season, as long as you get your subscriptions in soon! Simply pick your package; choose your concerts and/or theatre performances; the tickets will be waiting for you at the door! For more information on our various packages, please click here Buy Tickets

 


2014 - 2015 Faculty & Guest Artist Series


Thursday, September 25 – 7:00 p.m. gala concert with dessert reception to follow

The Music of Saint-Saëns
Featuring the “Carnival of the Animals”

To kick-off the season we offer a special concert featuring major works of Camille Saint-Saëns played by the Bower School of Music faculty and members of the Naples Philharmonic. Featured works will include Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for Two Pianos, Caprice on Russian and Danish Airs for woodwinds and piano, Septet in E-Flat Major for strings, trumpet, and piano, and featuring his ever popular Carnival of the Animals. A concert not to be missed!

Michael Baron, piano
Priscila, Navarro, piano
Patrick Neal, violin
Geoffrey Day, violin
Lisa Mattson, viola
Si-Cheng Liu, cello
Matthew Medock, string bass
Suzanne Kirton, flute
Judy Christy, oboe
Paul Votapek, clarinet
Matt Sonneborn, trumpet
Troy Jones, percussion
David Cole, Conductor

Tickets for this gala event, including the concert and a post-concert dessert reception, are $25 each and available online and at the door.     Buy Tickets link

Tickets for this event are not part of the 7 or 10 performance subscription, but may be purchased individually.


Sunday, October 19 – 3:00 p.m.

Vienna – 1784-1827
Patrick Neal, violin
Michael Baron, piano
with
Suzanne Kirton, flute
Si-Cheng Liu, cello

A fascinating concert examining three composers who dominated Viennese cultural life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Works will include Mozart’s largest Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8. Also included will be a rarely heard performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor arranged for quartet by Joahnn Nepomuk Hummel. Join these wonderful musicians for a trip to Vienna!

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Saturday, November 1 – 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven and More
Craig Bermingham, tenor
Michael Baron, piano

German-based American Tenor Craig Bermingham has received huge acclaim for his performances throughout Europe and the United States. Mr. Bermingham highlight memorable solo repertoire of Beethoven to include An die ferne Gelibte, and arias from the oratorio Christus am Ölbege and opera Fidelio. The second half of his program will focus on German repertoire to include the composers Richard Strauss and Wagner.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Saturday, November 8 – 3:30 p.m.

The Diverse Trombone
John Fedchock, trombone
Jennifer Wharton, bass trombone
Michael Zion, trombone

John Fedchock's illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. Bass trombonist, Jennifer Wharton has a diverse list of credits in both the classical and commercial realms on bass trombone and tuba. Ms. Wharton’s Broadway experience includes Wonderland, 9 to 5, Mary Poppins, Wicked, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes, West Side Story, and Gypsy. Michael Zion is Principal Trombone with ArtisNaples and instructor of trombone at FGCU.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Thursday, November 13 – 7:30 p.m.

Rodgers and Hammerstein!
Carolann Sanita, soprano
Michael Baron, piano

Carolann M. Sanita, professional Broadway vocalist and recent addition to the FGCU voice faculty, will take you on a journey through the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Best known for such classic shows as Carousel, Cinderella, The King and I, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein are also known as the most beloved and influential musical collaborators of the twentieth century.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Friday, December 5 – 7:30 p.m.

The Glory of the Baroque
Eva Amsler, flute
Shalev Ad-El, harpsichord

The distinguished flute and harpsichord duo of Eva Amsler and Shalev Ad-El explore the special relationship between the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and that of his most famous son, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. Performing together since 1997 as part of the Dorian consort, they have managed to cross the Americas, Europe and Asia presenting new ways and views on performing Baroque music on modern instruments.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Sunday, January 11 – 3:00 p.m.

Baroque and Jazz
Julian Milkis, clarinet
Michael Baron, piano

As strange as it seems the baroque and jazz styles are very similar, in that both require improvisation. In Baroque music, the soloist is required to improvise the repeat section of each phrase - and it is exactly the same in jazz! This program is a wonderful example of the phrase "new is a well forgotten old"! Clarinetist Julian Milkis is one of the most exciting and versatile artists performing today. He remains the only student of the clarinet icon Benny Goodman, and has garnered an international stature as a dazzling soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Thursday, February 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Violins of Hope Lecture
James Grymes, Lecturer

James A. Grymes, author of the book Violins of Hope, will tell the true stories behind a collection of violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Stirring testaments to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, these instruments came to represent hope and liberation in mankind’s darkest hour. This lecture is underwritten in part by The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, & Genocide Studies.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Tuesday, February 10 – 7:30 p.m.

The Virtuosity of the Tenor Saxophone
James Houlik, tenor saxophone
Michael Baron, piano
with Mario Bernardi, alto saxophone

James Houlik is the leading performer on his instrument in the world. His pioneering efforts on behalf of the tenor saxophone have resulted in the composition of more than 80 new concert works for the instrument, and important performances around the world. From the East Room of the White House for President Clinton to solo appearances with orchestras in London, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Chicago, and New York, to recitals in the music capitals of the world, James Houlik has redefined the tenor saxophone.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Sunday, February 22 – 3:00 p.m.

The Beauty of the Cello
Si-Cheng Liu, cello
Michael Baron, piano

The cello is universally considered one of the most beautiful instruments in the orchestra. Composers from Beethoven to the present day have written a large quantity of masterpieces for the combination of cello and piano. Come enjoy listening to two wonderful musicians interpret sonatas by Beethoven and Strauss amongst other compositions.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Thursday, March 12 – 7:30 p.m.

The Voice of the Piano
Rebecca Penneys, piano

For six decades Rebecca Penneys has been hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent. She has played throughout the United States, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Canada. Combining a busy concert schedule with seminars and master classes worldwide, Ms. Penneys teaches at the Eastman School of Music and at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Tuesday, March 17 – 7:30 p.m.

A Night at the Opera
Jeanie Darnell, soprano
Michael Baron, piano

A Night at the Opera will be a spectacular evening to include arias, duets, and staged scenes from the repertory of beloved opera composers such as Carlisle Floyd, Mascagni, Menotti, Puccini, R. Strauss, Verdi, von Weber, and Wagner. For this concert the marvelous soprano, Jeanie Darnell will be joined by pianist Michael Baron. Bring your opera glasses and imagination!

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Thursday, March 26 – 7:30 p.m.

From the Chopin University of Warsaw
Jerzy Sterczynski, piano

This program offers a rare opportunity to hear Polish piano music of Chopin and Szymanowski performed by the brilliant Polish pianist and faculty member of the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Jerzy Sterczynski. Mr. Sterczynski is a an active con­cert per­former having played in Aus­tria, Bul­garia, China, Czech Repub­lic, France, Spain, South Korea, Kuwait, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal and Italy. He has recorded thirteen cds including all of Chopin’s noc­turnes, waltzes and polon­aises as well as his Sonata No. 2.

Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students     Buy Tickets link


Fall 2014 Student Recitals and Ensemble Events

**Please check this website often for ticket information and to confirm time, date and location.**
**If there is a cost or if complementary tickets are needed, they will be available two weeks prior to the event.**

September 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Wind Orchestra Concert
Ida S. Baker High School, 3500 Agualinda Blvd., Cape Coral

October 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Symphonic and Jazz Bands Concert
Palmetto Ridge High School, 1655 Victory Lane, Naples

October 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Symphony Orchestra Concert
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall

October 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Music Education Lecture by James Jordan
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall

October 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Wind Orchestra with Lemon Bay High School Wind Ensemble
Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

October 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Wind Orchestra & Symphonic Band Concert
Eagle Family Expo - Holmes Plaza, FGCU Campus

October 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
University and Chamber Choirs and Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers Concert
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall

October 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
University and Chamber Choirs and Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers Concert
CityGate Ministries, 1735 Jackson St, Fort Myers

November 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble Concert
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall

November 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Wind Orchestra Concert
Location T.B.A.

November 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Lauren Davis' Senior Vocal Recital
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall

November 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Ensembles Concert
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall

November 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds Concert
Location T.B.A.

December 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Chamber and University Choirs Holiday Concert
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples

December 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Symphony Orchestra Concert
FGCU Music Building--U. Tobe Recital Hall