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.

 

Important Updates About Upcoming Events at the BSM&A
The Bower School of Music would like to welcome you to the concerts page. We are in the process of finalizing the 2021/22 Season, and look forward to bringing you the world-class music you are used to experiencing at the Bower School of Music. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on the season as it becomes available.
 
 
 
As always, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Bower School of Music & the Arts at FGCU, and look forward to providing you with the highest quality events in the future, and appreciate your patience and understanding as this situation unfolds.
 
Thank you for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact Joanna Hoch, Events Coordinator, at jhoch@fgcu.edu with any questions you might have concerning upcoming events.

 

The Bower School of Music & the Arts would like to thank our streaming partner, WGCU Public Media

 

 2020-21 Nisita Concert Series

 

Darnell Baron Szabo
Jeanie Darnell, soprano with Kyle Szabo, violin and Michael Baron, piano

 Sunday, October 4, 2020

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

The six songs of Lori Laitman’s “Vedem” song cycle are excerpted from her larger work, the “Vedem” oratorio, set for boys chorus, mezzo soprano and tenor soloists, and orchestra.  The texts are taken from the secret journal “Vedem” written by male adolescents confined in the Terezín concentration camp during the years 1942-1944.  The songs’ texts give a glimpse of the boys’ hardships suffered during the Holocaust.

 

This concert can now be viewed online on the WGCU website: https://video.wgcu.org/show/bower-school-music-arts/

Arnold Rawls
Arnold Rawls, tenor and Michael Baron, piano

 Saturday, October 17, 2020

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Tenor Arnold Rawls has delighted audiences with his unique combination of vocal and dramatic skills in performances ranging from art song to opera. He has been hailed for his multiple performances at the Metropolitan Opera as well as important venues throughout the world. Michael Baron will collaborate with Mr. Rawls on important works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Puccini for this dramatic concert not to be missed!

 

This concert can now be viewed online on the WGCU website: https://video.wgcu.org/show/bower-school-music-arts/
Paul Votapek and Michael Baron
Paul Votapek, clarinet & Michael Baron, piano

 Sunday, November 8, 2020

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Paul Votapek, principal clarinetist of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Instructor of Clarinet at Florida Gulf Coast University performs a varied program of rarely heard music for clarinet and piano with pianist Michael Baron. The program will include virtuoso works by Burgmuller, Gershwin, Muczynski, and others. A brilliant concert not to be missed.

 

This concert can now be viewed online on the WGCU website: https://video.wgcu.org/show/bower-school-music-arts/

Kevin Kenner
Kevin Kenner, Piano

 Sunday, January 31, 2021

 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". 

Woodwind Quartet
Woodwind Quartet with Michael Baron, piano

 Sunday, March 21, 2021

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Michael Baron, piano

Judy Christy, oboe

Paul Votapek, clarinet

Kristen Sonneborn, bassoon

Ryan Little, horn

 

Four principal players of the Naples Philharmonic join Michael Baron in presenting the Piano and Wind Quintets of Mozart and Beethoven as well as other works. All five of these brilliant musicians teach at Florida Gulf Coast University. These works of Mozart and Beethoven are the pieces of great beauty and depth which reach the summit of expression for this unusual combination of instruments.

 


 


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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