FORT MYERS, FLA., January 5, 2018– World-renowned artists from throughout Europe, Russia, and Cuba will travel to Fort Myers this winter to perform for the Fort Myers Community Concert Association in its 69th annual concert series.
Single tickets will be available for purchase starting January 14 for each of the five performances, which organizers say are among the best ever offered by the Fort Myers Community Concert Association. For most performances, prices are $55 for orchestra seats, $35 for lower balcony seats and $25 for upper balcony seats. Mezzanine seats are sold out.
Single tickets for the February 27 performance by internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman are $70 for orchestra seats, $35 for lower balcony seats and $25 for upper balcony seats.
All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers. For tickets visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org or call 239-481-4849.
The five concerts for the 2018 season are:
- Piano Battle – January 30, 2018. Internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head in a piano duel featuring a variety of classical and contemporary music. The audience will decide the winner in this unique concert experience.
- Teatro Lirico D’Europa performing Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – February 8, 2018. Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most famous love stories, inspired by the sights and culture of Japan. Teatro Lirico D’Europa is the most successful opera touring company in Europe and the U.S. and travels with a full orchestra of 47 to 50 members and a chorus of 40 singers.
- Lezginka State Dance Company –February 20, 2018. The Lezginka State Dance Company will perform a festival of fiery dances showcasing the folklore, national culture and traditions from their home, the Russian Republic of Dagestan.
- Itzhak Perlman – February 27, 2018 – Perlman is the reigning virtuoso of the violin and is returning to the Community Concert series for a second time. Perlman was born in Israel and gave his first recital at age 10 before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School. He has been honored with more than 20 Grammy Awards (including one for Lifetime Achievement in 2008), four Emmy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
- National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba – March 25, 2018. Since its inception in 1960, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 69th 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, Flutist James Galway, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.