Welcome to the 2016-2017 Season at the Bower School of Music. Below, you will find the list of our Faculty & Guest Artist Series concerts. The Student Ensemble concerts and student recitals can be found by clicking the link in the left navigation. We look forward to seeing you at soon, and, as always, the Bower School of Music & the Arts would like to thank everyone for a wonderful 2015-16 Faculty & Guest Artist season.
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This fundraising concert is an opportunity to showcase the many achievements of our FGCU Bower School of Music & the Arts faculty and alumni. As we celebrate our accomplishments of the first ten years of the Bower School of Music, we are excited to reconnect and recognize some of our talented alumni. We continue to pursue new and innovative concert programming and we are very appreciative for the generous support of Richard S. Prescott for our Champagne Signature Concert. This year, as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Bower School of Music and the 20th Anniversary Celebration for FGCU, we are very pleased to honor these important milestones by inviting our alumni to perform for us and to celebrate their achievements. All alumni have successfully completed their Masters or Doctoral degree programs. We invite you to celebrate with us!
For more information about our fundraisers, or to receive an invitation, please contact Brianna Catton at (239) 590-1088.
Carmen Escobedo, internationally recognized concert pianist and Director of the National Conservatory of Peru, will present an especially interesting concert, which will feature classical music by Peruvian composers. After studying at Indiana University, Escobedo returned to her native Lima, Peru where she remains one of the most sought after teachers and a much-admired soloist. She will be joined by pianist Michael Baron in the brilliant “Concerto for Two Pianos” by Francis Poulenc.
If you are planning an enchanting evening for your sweetheart in celebration of Valentine’s Day, soprano Jeanie Darnell, bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe and pianist Jodie DeSalvo will dazzle you with romantic, starry-eyed favorite love songs and duets from popular opera and musicals, including work by Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Georges Bizet, among other greats. Bring your beloved to hear the amorous music of the spheres!
Jazz pianist and Steinway Artist Lenore Raphael has performed with many of the jazz greats and played to sold-out houses across the world in her long, distinguished career. Her popular radio show has featured many great jazz artists. For this concert, she teams up with the wonderful Wayne Wilkinson. Wilkinson, former guitarist for the Air Force ensembles “Airmen of Note” in Washington, D.C. and “Falconaires” in Colorado Springs tours far and wide, from Carnegie Hall to the White House.
Giuseppe Mariotti enjoys a truly worldwide career. Born and raised in Italy, he has been Music Director of Vienna’s Minoritenkirche, and is currently Dean of the School of Music of Tokushima Bunri University of Tokushima, Japan and is a lecturer at Vienna Music University. Mariotti is a prolific recording artist and concertizes throughout Europe and the United States, the Russian Federation and Israel, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and many other countries.
Join us for an evening of chamber music by Zemlinsky and Beethoven performed by members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
Canadian/American pianist Isabelle Aubin joins Michael Baron in a program of masterpieces from the French Piano Duo repertoire. A French Canadian, Aubin has a special affinity for the music of France. Luckily, French composers had an affinity for composing music for piano ensemble! This will be a recital sure to appeal to all Francophiles and anyone who enjoys the art of the piano.
The distinguished Polish baritone, Krzysztof Biernacki joins pianist Michael Baron in performing a recital of important songs for the voice, as well as a selection of rarely heard Polish classical music. Biernacki enjoys a strong reputation as a powerful performer. Born and raised in Poland, he performs frequently across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Included in his recital will be selections from the new compact disc made by Biernacki and Baron of songs of the great Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.