Bower School of Music & the Arts Concerts

Bower School of Music & the Arts Concerts

Bower School of Music & the Arts Concerts

Bower School of Music & the Arts Concerts

Concert Information

The Bower School of Music & the Arts offers the Nisita Concert Series, ticketed concerts by regional, national and internationally known musicians in the U. Tobe Recital Hall in the Music Building. The student ensembles perform in venues both on campus and throughout Southwest Florida, most of which are free and do not require reservations. All student recitals are free and open to the public and are held in the U. Tobe Recital Hall.


Directions: From Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, turn onto FGCU Blvd (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 is a parking lot directly on the right and a parking garage on the left as soon as you turn at the stop sign. The Music Building and the Arts Complex are at the northern end of the parking lot. Please park here for all events in the Music Building and the Arts Complex. TheatreLab and the Wasmer Art Gallery are in the Arts Complex. The U. Tobe Recital Hall is in the Music Building on the right once you enter through the sliding glass doors.
The Music Building is #31 on the map
The Arts Complex is #15
Please park in either Parking Lot 7 or Parking Garage 2

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Nisita Concert Series

Jason Baker
Jason Baker - Percussion

 Tuesday, September 24, 2019

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Percussionist Jason Baker has committed the last three years to commissioning and premiering new works for solo marimba by composers from the state of Mississippi, where he has lived with his wife and two children since 2004. This concert, titled New Music Mississippi: Volume 1, will feature a premiere performance of a new work by Shandy Phillips, as well as music by Warren Ertle, Clifton Taylor, and FGCU faculty member Jason Bahr. The FGCU Percussion Ensemble will join Baker for the performance of Taylor’s Concertpiece for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble.

Masters Singers
Mastersingers Chamber Chorus

 Sunday, September 29, 2019

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers is the premiere choral ensemble in Southwest Florida. The mission of the Mastersingers is to perform significant choral masterworks from the standard repertoire as well as innovative new compositions. For nearly 20 years, the Mastersingers has performed celebrated pieces in self-produced concerts and in conjunction with other ensembles throughout Southwest Florida. The Mastersingers Chamber Chorus is a subset of the large group and performs diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to the music of today.

Jeanie Darnell Michael Baron
Jeanie Darnell, Soprano with Michael Baron, Piano

 Saturday, October 12, 2019

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Dr. Jeanie Darnell is the Head of Vocal Studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. As a concert artist, Darnell has been hailed by critics throughout the United States and in Europe for her "wonderfully bell-like tones" (Wertheimer Zeitung). She is in demand as a soprano soloist of major concert and oratorio repertoire. For her concert at FGCU, Darnell will be joined by pianist Michael Baron in presenting outstanding vocal compositions by Strauss, Poulenc, and Galindo, as well as spirituals and arias.

Zach Bartholomew
Zach Bartholomew Quartet

 Friday, October 25, 2019

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Zach Bartholomew, jazz piano
David Fernandez, tenor and soprano saxophone
Ilya DaCosta, bass
Rodolfo Zuniga, drums

Dr. Zach Bartholomew is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and music educator. He has been featured as a performer, composer, and bandleader at national and international jazz festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jalisco Jazz Festival, and Festival Miami. In addition to headlining at some of the top jazz venues across the country with his group, Zach has performed with artists such as Victor Goines, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Holland, David Liebman, and Ira Sullivan. His original music and unique arrangements are inspired by the jazz tradition, but also draw heavily from Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern influences. This concert will include pieces by Victor Young, Mulgrew Miller, Armando “Chick” Corea and Zachary Bartholomew.

Anthony Offerle
Anthony Offerle, Baritone with Michael Baron, Piano

 Tuesday, November 5, 2019

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

A native of Miami, Florida, Anthony Offerle’s credits include performances with the OperaEstate in Rome, Cincinnati Opera, International Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Opera, Wyoming Opera, Charleston Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has sung over 30 leading operatic roles. An active concert performer, he served as guest soloist in London’s Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Giles Cathedral in Scotland.

Michael Baron Priscila Navarro
Michael Baron & Priscila Navarro, Piano Duo

 Thursday, November 14, 2019

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Pianists Michael Baron and Prisicla Navarro (’14, Music) are perennial favorites as a piano duo. Together they explore the rich heritage of repertoire for two pianos, and for two pianists at one piano. Baron is a world-class pianist and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music at FGCU. Navarro, his former student, has distinguished herself with spectacular concerts and competition achievements throughout the world. Together they bring great drama, virtuosity and beauty to their performances.

Dimitri Ashkenazy
Dimitri Ashkenazy, Clarinet with Michael Baron, Piano

 Sunday, December 8, 2019

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

A recognized international master at his instrument, Dimitri Ashkenazy performs widely as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Hollywood Bowl; SBS Youth Orchestra at Sydney Opera House; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; and Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland and Mito Chamber orchestras in Japan.

Steven Scheschareg
Steven Scheschareg, Baritone with Michael Baron, Piano

 Thursday, January 23, 2020

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Steven Scheschareg has made a name for himself with his striking stage presence, strong voice, and wide-ranging artistic capabilities. He is the winner of the prestigious George London Prize from the Vienna State Opera. Educated at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools, he now resides in Vienna and performs regularly in the great the great theaters of Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, and China, as well as at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. At FGCU, he is presenting an extraordinary program titled From Vienna to the USA, featuring music of exiled Viennese opera and operetta composers.

Heather Engebretson
Heather Engebretson, Soprano with Noel Engebretson, Piano

 Thursday, February 13, 2020

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Dramatic-coloratura soprano Heather Engebretson is becoming known throughout Europe for her "innate sense of phrasing and touching intensity," and her "irresistible, seductive presence.” Educated at the Juilliard School, Engebretson is now based in Germany. In 2018-19, she began the season at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and returned to the Bolshoi Theatre. She sang Mimì in La bohème in her debut for Komische Oper Berlin, and gave her first performances of the heroines in Les Contes d'Hoffmann for Deutsche Oper Berlin and of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

Baumer String Quartet
Baumer String Quartet with Michael Baron, Piano

 Friday, February 21, 2020

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Nathan Olsen, violin
Aaron Requiro, violin
John T Posadas, viola
David Requiro, cello
with Michael Baron, piano

Acknowledged as one of the finest young quartets in the country, the Baumer String Quartet was founded in 2003 by a group of musicians at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The members of the quartet pursue parallel careers as international soloists, leaders and principal players of world-class orchestras, as members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music. Their concert at FGCU will highlight Beethoven in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth and will be joined by pianist Michael Baron for the spectacular Dvorak Piano Quintet.

Kevin Chance & Eun-Hee Park
Kevin Chance & Eun-Hee Park, Piano Duo

 Saturday, March 14, 2020

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Kevin Chance, professor at the University of Alabama, and Eun-Hee Park professor at the University of Montevallo, Alabama present an exciting program of works for two pianos.  Both brilliant soloists, together they share the passion and beauty in the masterpieces for two pianos that they perform.  This concert presents a special opportunity to hear two brilliant pianists performing on matching 9-foot grand Steinway concert pianos.

Confluence
Confluence - Musical Traditions of India

 Friday, March 20, 2020

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Jay Gandhi, flute
Nitin Mitta, tabla

Two ancient styles of Indian classical music, Hindustani and Carnatic, are explored together with contemporary and personal influence. Arun Ramamurthy is among the leading classical and crossover violinists from India, performing in both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions, as well as cross genre creative projects. Jay Gandhi is a prominent solo performer and teacher of Hindustani classical flute.  As a multifaceted artist, he a founding member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a musicians collective. Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation who has performed worldwide with some of India’s most celebrated Indian classical musicians.

Kevin Kenner
Kevin Kenner, Piano

 Sunday, March 29, 2020

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

The year 1990 was a milestone for pianist Kevin Kenner whose artistry was recognized throughout the world by three prestigious awards: the top prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the International Terrence Judd Award in London, and third prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Kevin Kenner’s achievements have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. He has been praised as "one of the finest American pianists to come along in years" (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).  Adrian Jack of the Independent described one of Kenner's recitals as "...the best performance I have ever heard in the concert hall of all four of Chopin's Ballades". 

Kyle Szabo
Kyle Szabo, Violin & Michael Baron, Piano

 Sunday, April 5, 2020

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Violinist and conductor Kyle Szabo performs with Michael Baron, piano in a recital of Classical and Romantic repertoire sure to please. Szabo currently serves as Director of Orchestral Studies and Head of Strings at the Bower School of Music. He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician in venues across the country, and frequently gives presentations and clinics as a string pedagogue. Featured will be masterpieces of the violin repertoire as well as showpieces.