Bower School of Music & the Arts
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7292
Fax: (239) 590-7581
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.
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
Friday, December 5 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
Sunday, January 11 – 3:00 p.m.
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.
Thursday, February 5 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
Tuesday, February 10 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
Sunday, February 22 – 3:00 p.m.
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.
Thursday, March 12 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
Tuesday, March 17 – 7:30 p.m.
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!
Thursday, March 26 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
**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.**
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