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Friday, April 22
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers

Our Earth Day celebration is only a day away! Prior to the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra concert, between 5pm to 7pm, grab a beer from the Millenial Brewing Company truck, listen to some live jazz, enjoy pop-up art installations, and meet members of the Southwest Florida RESET Center Board.

Then at 7:30pm the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra performs an “Earth Day” concert featuring one of Beethoven’s most imaginative works, his “Pastorale” Symphony No. 6, with its sounds of spring, birds, brooks and storms!

The program opens with Anna Clyne’s Restless Oceans, commissioned by the World Economic Forum in 2019. The 42-year-old London-born GRAMMY-nominated composer has been described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “fearless” by NPR. Clyne is one of the most acclaimed composers of her generation, often embarking on collaborations with innovative choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians.

Christopher Theofanidis’ Dreamtime Ancestors, is inspired by the creation myths of Australian aborigines. “Dreaming” laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people. Creation is believed to be the work of culture heroes who traveled across a formless land, creating sacred sites and significant places of interest in their travels.

Rounding out the first half is Felix Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, inspired by one of Mendelssohn’s trips to the British Isles, specifically an 1829 excursion to the Scottish island of Staffa, with its basalt sea cave known as Fingal’s Cave.

Enjoy these video examples of Friday’s concert, including an interview with composer Christopher Theofanidis and esteemed conductor Robert Spano.

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