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 Information About 2021/22 Season Concerts and Recitals

 

The Bower School of Music & the Arts would like to welcome you to the Concerts page. We are excited to welcome the public back on campus for events throughout the 2021/22 Season, and ask that you check the website often for any possible updates.

 

FGCU expects all students, employees, visitors and vendors to wear face masks at all times while indoors and when attending large, outdoor gatherings, even if you are vaccinated. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2021).

 

 
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.

 

 2021/22 Nisita Concert Series

 

 

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Woodwind Quintet

 Thursday, August 26, 2021

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Suzanne Kirton, flute

Judy Christy, oboe

Paul Votapek, clarinet

Kristen Sonneborn, bassoon

Ryan Little, horn

 

with Michael Baron, piano

 

Woodwind music at its finest! The five principal woodwind musicians from the Naples Philharmonic will perform works for woodwind quintet. The quintet will perfrom works by Holst and Lefebvre. They will then be joined by pianist Michael Baron for a performance of Francis Poulenc’s magnificent Sextet for Piano and Woodwinds.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Jeanie Darnell and Michael Baron
Jeanie Darnell, soprano and Michael Baron, piano

 Sunday, September 19, 2021

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Soprano Jeanie Darnell and pianist Michael Baron, founding faculty members of the Bower School of Music, have performed recital programs collaboratively throughout the United States, South America, and Europe for fifteen years. They will delight you with a program of art songs and opera arias. A special feature to the program will be a comparison between the original Chopin mazurkas for solo piano and the Pauline Viardot arrangements for voice and piano.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.
Misook Yun, Ryu-Kyung Kim, Chansik Youn

Misook Yun, soprano

Ryu-Kyung Kim, mezzo-soprano

Chansik Youn, piano

 

 Saturday, October 2, 2021

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Drawing upon nearly one thousand years of Korean cultural history and its spirit, an evening of Korean art songs will be presented by two Korean female vocalists, Dr. Misook Yun and Dr. Ryu-Kyung Kim. This lecture-concert program will blend not only their soaring soprano and mezzo voices but also beautiful Korean poetry and folk tunes with Western-influenced 20th and 21st centuries musical compositions. This concert will be a unique cultural experience for many music lovers. FGCU alumnus Chansik Youn (‘19, Music) will collaborate on the piano.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

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An Evening of Jazz

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Gerald Augustin, tenor saxophone

Joel Law, piano

Brandon Robertson, double bass

Gerald Law, drums

 

with Michael Baron, piano

Suzanne Kirton, flute

Troy Jones, percussion

 

A fun afternoon of jazz and jazz inspired pieces. Emmy Nominated and BSM Faculty member Brandon Robertson will present a variety of new original music from his quartetJoining him in this performance will be Gerald Augustin on Tenor Saxophone, Joel Law on piano, and Gerald Law on drums. Suzanne Kirton, principal flutist of the Naples Philharmonic will join Michael Baron, piano and Troy Jones, percussion for Claude Bolling’s ever-popular Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro
Michael Baron & Priscila Navarro, piano duo

 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

In celebration of their new French music CD and as a preview of their Carnegie Hall concert, Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro (’15, Music) present masterpieces for piano duo. Reserve your tickets early for these two audience favorites in what is sure to be a spectacular concert.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Chance & Park
Kevin Chance & Eun-Hee Park, piano duo

 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

 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.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Krzysztof Biernacki
Krzysztof Biernacki, baritone

 

Sunday, January 30, 2022

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Join baritone Krzysztof Biernacki and pianist Michael Baron for a masterworks recital featuring outstanding selections from 19th and 20th-century art song repertoire. Dr. Biernacki appeared in principal roles with opera companies and symphony orchestras in North America and Europe and is an accomplished recitalist performing a wide range of vocal repertoire in numerous languages. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist who also serves as the Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Frank Almond
Frank Almond, violin

 

Saturday, February 5, 2022

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

For 25 seasons, Frank Almond was the Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He held similar positions with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A prizewinner of the Paganini and Tchaikovsky competitions, his most recent series of recordings, A Violin’s Life, chronicles the history and lineage of his current violin, the 1715 Lipiński Stradivarius. The instrument has direct ties to Giuseppe Tartini, Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, and Robert and Clara Schumann. A concert not to be missed. 

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Santiago Rodriguez
Santiago Rodriguez, piano

 

Sunday, February 13, 2022

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Santiago Rodriguez has been called “a phenomenal pianist” (The New York Times) and “among the finest pianists in the world” (The Baltimore Sun). His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed internationally with leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan, the Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, and National Symphony Orchestras, and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. One of today’s foremost interpreters of the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, Santiago Rodriguez has performed all of the composer’s major piano works in concert. 

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Ryan Little
Ryan Little, horn

 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

Ryan Little, Principal Horn of the Naples Philharmonic and Instructor at the Bower School of Music joins pianist Michael Baron in a recital of rare gems form the horn repertoire.  This is a rare opportunity to hear a master of this beautiful and difficult instrument perform lyrical and virtuoso pieces in the acoustically exquisite U. Tobe Recital Hall.  A concert not to be missed.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Piazzolla
Happy 100th Birthday, Piazzolla!

 

Thursday, March 17, 2022

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:

Jodi DeSalvo, piano

Thomas Cimarusti, accordion/bandoneon

 

Come enjoy an evening of tango music as members from the Bower School of Music faculty, including Thomas Cimarusti, and guest artists, including Jodi DeSalvo, celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary tango composer, Astor Piazzolla. The program will feature various works from Piazzolla's prolific catalogue of works, including songs, solo pieces, and chamber pieces that feature the bandoneon, accordion, violin, piano, and a special surprise direct from Argentina. The night promises to transport you to the dance halls of Buenos Aires and the sensual sounds that so characterize the music.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

Maxim Lando
Maxim Lando, piano

 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

 Time: 3:00 p.m.

Event Description:

18-year-old American pianist Maxim Lando makes his third bi-annual appearance on the Nisita Series where he has consistently sold out and wowed his audiences with his brilliant performances. Recent accomplishments include winning the 2020 Young Artist Award and the Young Artists International Auditions. Mr. Lando has performed with major orchestras of the world including symphonies of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Hawaii, Russia’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Bolshoi Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Kazakh State Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and China’s NCPA Orchestra.

 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students and are available here.

 

 


 

 

 


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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