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FORT MYERS, FLA., November 20, 2018 – Middle school students of Diplomat Middle School had a rare opportunity to hear world-class musicians November 19 when the Russian String Orchestra performed a private concert for the students in the school auditorium.
The concert was provided courtesy of the Fort Myers Community Concert Association as part of its outreach program for Lee County public school students.
“We provide seats for each of our concerts at no cost to students in Lee County public schools, but we realize that not all students have the ability to get to our weeknight performances.  To expose as many young people as possible to classical music, our Board of Directors decided to take some of our concerts to the students,” said Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann.
The musicians performed for about an hour and invited three lucky students on stage to be guest conductors.  About 800 students attended the private concert.
Mann said the Community Concert Association Board of Directors chose Russian String Orchestra because of its outstanding record of working with students of all ages.
The Russian String Orchestra, formerly known as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles.  The orchestra regularly tours North and South America, Europe and the Far East in addition to performing concerts at its home base in Moscow and recording more than 30 CDs.
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association is preparing for another stellar season with six classical concerts planned this winter at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, including internationally –acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned flutist Sir James Galway.
All six concerts are included in one ticket price, which ranges from $198 for prime orchestra and mezzanine seats to $186 for other orchestra and mezzanine seats, $102 for lower balcony seating and just $78 for upper balcony.  Most mezzanine seating already is sold out, Mann said.
For tickets, call the Barbara B. Mann Box Office at 239-481-4849. Tickets to individual performances are not available at this time.
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About the Fort Myers Community Concert Association
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 70th 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 1,700 members, underwriters and sponsors.  Performers brought to Fort Myers in the past by the association include The Israel Ballet, The Boston Brass, Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.

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