COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES
SEASON DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF FRANK MANN
FORT MYERS, FLA., November 7, 2022 – The Fort Myers Community Concert Association will dedicate its 73rd season to the memory of the late Frank Mann, whose mother Barbara B. Mann founded the non-profit organization in 1949. Frank Mann also was a life-long supporter of the Fort Myers Community Concert Association, which brings classical entertainment to Southwest Florida at affordable prices.
“Franklin loved the work his mother started so many years ago. He grew up in the arts, playing in his high school and university bands and singing in the church choir. He had a true appreciation for classical artists,” said his widow Mary Lee Mann, who assumed presidency of the concert association in 2011, shortly before Barbara B. Mann died at almost 101 years old.
Frank Mann also was well known for his role in local politics, having served in the Florida House of Representatives and as a Lee County Commissioner for many years.
The announcement was made at the fall meeting of the Community Concert Association Board November 6 sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust Co.
Mary Lee Mann reported to the Board that series tickets are still available for this year’s 73rd Concert Series that begins in January with five concerts:
- New York Philharmonic String Quartet – January 8, 2023. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet consists of four principal musicians from the orchestra. The group, formed in 2017, made its debut as a solo ensemble in John Adams’ Absolute Jest in New York in 2017. All four
members are multiple prize winners, and have appeared as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras throughout the world. They are joined by acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianist Award.
- The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine – January 16, 2023. The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine was established in 1902 and has hosted some of the world’s greatest conductors and musicians in classical music. The orchestra is a regular participant in international festivals, has toured extensively around the world and recently completed several highly acclaimed recordings. This concert is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
- A Celebration of Song – the Classics to Broadway – February 7, 2023. This upbeat concert by Concerto Soloists Internationale features popular highlights from grand opera to Broadway to pop performed by international soloists from four continents with a live on-stage orchestra and an emcee..
- The English Chamber Orchestra – March 9, 2023. The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world. The orchestra has performed with some of the world’s greatest soloists. The orchestra has recorded many movie soundtracks, including scores for Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, and several James Bond movies.
- The Royal National Ballet Direct from the Republic of Georgia – Fire of Georgia – March 27, 2023. The Royal National Ballet will be making its American debut during this season. The performance, called the “Fire of Georgia,” combines Georgian folk dances with modern attitude towards the choreography and costumes. The company’s program illustrates the variety of the world’s folklore and classical dance elements, acrobatics, stunts and temperament of the dancers.
All performances will be at the Barbara B. Mann Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers. All five concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are included in one ticket price, which ranges from $155 for orchestra seats to $85 for lower balcony seating and just $65 for upper balcony. A few $165 prime orchestra seats and mezzanine seats are still available, Mann said.
For season memberships for all five concerts, call Community Concerts at 239-693-4849.
Single tickets will go on sale December 1.
For tickets beginning December 1, call the Barbara B. Mann Hall box office at 239- 481-4849 or visit www.bbmannpah.com
For Community Concert Association information, visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org.
About the Fort Myers Community Concert Association
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 73rd concert season, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded by the legendary Barbara B. Mann in 1949 to bring world-class entertainment to Southwest Florida at affordable prices. The association consists of more than 1,200 members, underwriters and sponsors. Performers brought to Fort Myers in the past by the association include Violinist Itzhak Perlman, The Israel Ballet, The Boston Brass, Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Flutist James Galway, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.