An opportunity to hear brilliant violin sonatas by Beethoven, Poulenc and Milhaud performed by Kyle Szabo, Orchestra Director at the Bower School of Music and Michael Baron, Head of Keyboard Studies. While the Beethoven sonata is an acknowledged giant of the repertoire, the Poulenc and Milhaud sonatas are rarely heard masterpieces. A concert not to be missed.
Join us for an evening of chamber music and solo works by FGCU composer Dr. Jason Bahr. Bahr has had over 350 performances of his works across the United States and around the world and has been awarded a commission from the prestigious Fromm Foundation. This concert will feature the American premiere of Bahr’s brass quintet Divergence. Bahr is joined by his FGCU colleagues percussionist Troy Jones and violinist Kyle Szabo as well as local pianist Peter Lewis and the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet.
Back by popular demand, this trio of brilliant musicians will charm you as they interpret exciting compositions for this unusual instrumentation. As well as teaching at the Bower School of Music, Suzanne Kirton and Paul Votapek are principals in the woodwind section of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. They have a chosen a program sure to delight everyone with both rarities and music that is familiar to all.
Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams presents New Voices, a program of contemporary art song. Williams will be joined by pianist Paula Fan to perform new art songs by composers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including two world premieres. Williams has performed sixty opera roles in opera houses all over the world with engagements Austria, London, Munich, Verona and many others. His many recordings include eight solo CDs as well as recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This is a concert not to be missed!
Join us for an evening of chamber music by Dohnányi, R. Strauss and Brahms performed by members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
Formed almost twenty years ago at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, these three magnificent soloists combine to form a brilliant and exciting trio. Audiences are regularly astonished by their virtuosity, showmanship and intense musicality. The Colorado Piano trio will present a program of brilliant pieces originally composed for this wonderful instrumental combination.
This 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 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.