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Community Concert Association Announces Series Underwriter
By: Fort Myers Community Concert Association
Alexandra and Eunice are the niece and sister of the late Berne Davis, who was the series underwriter for many years prior to her death in 2016.
"Berne was a program sponsor every year for 18 years and a member of the Community Concert Association for 68 years," said Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann. "This gracious gesture by her sister and niece ensure that Berne's memory will live on and make possible the continuation of the association for many years to come and we are eternally grateful to them."
Program sponsors include Rob and Ruth Diefenbach of Fort Myers, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Madeleine Taeni, and Pamela Templeton of Fort Myers.
The announcements were made at the fall meeting of the Community Concert Association November 11 sponsored by Fran Fenning at FineMark National Bank & Trust Co.
Mary Lee Mann reported to the Board that few series tickets remain for this year's 70th Concert Series that begins in January with six concerts:
● National Symphony Orchestra of Romania – January 7, 2019. The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania is honoring the unification of Romania and Transylvania in their first ever tour of the United States. Acclaimed as one of the world's top ensembles, the orchestra has made a name for itself as Romania's best and brightest orchestra. They will perform Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, Dvorak's Cello Concerto, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss and Ravel's Bolero.
● Teatro Lirico D'Europa performing Puccini's "Tosca" – January 14, 2019. A tale about an impulsive diva, a sadistic police chief and an idealistic artist, comes alive as Teatro Lirico D'Europa performs Giacoma Puccini's exasperating and thrilling opera "Tosca." 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.
● Russian National Orchestra –February 12, 2019. The Russian National Orchestra began as a courageous demonstration of artistic freedom during the Soviet regime. Playing with captivating beauty, they have risen to the pinnacle of the classical music world. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rachmaninoff coming to the United States, they will perform his Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 and Symphonic Dancers, Op. 45.
● Russian National Ballet – February 25, 2019. The Russian National Ballet performs the timeless "Cinderella."
● Itzhak Perlman – March 11, 2019 – 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.
● Sir James Galway, Flutist – March 28, 2019 – Nicknamed "the man with the Golden Flute," Sir James Galway is an Irish virtuoso flutist who is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer who plays songs from a variety of musical genres. He has recorded dozens of albums over the decades and has sold more than 30 million records.
All performances will be at the Barbara B. Mann Hall on the Florida SouthWestern College campus in Fort Myers. All six concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are included in one ticket price, which ranges from $198 for prime orchestra seats to $186 for other orchestra 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 Hall box office at 239- 481-4849.
For Community Concert Association membership information, visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org.
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, Flutist James Galway, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.
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