The Southwest Florida Symphony, the only professional symphony orchestra in Lee County, together with Bell Tower, a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in Fort Myers, today announced that Bell Tower has provided the symphony with the use of a 4,254-square-foot storefront for ongoing artistic and operations activities.
The space, which includes a satellite box office for the Symphony, will be used for both professional and youth orchestral rehearsals, auditions and small performances, including the first performance scheduled for Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the shopping center’s Center Court. The upcoming performance, which is free of charge and open to the public, is part of the orchestra’s small ensemble format “Holiday TinyPops” concert series featuring festive and memorable holiday favorites.
“Bell Tower’s longtime partnership with the Southwest Florida Symphony has led to this partnership which will benefit the Fort Myers community by bolstering the arts,” says Julie Clark, marketing manager for the shopping center. “By providing the Southwest Florida Symphony with much-needed space for rehearsals and small-scale performances, we are bringing the area’s beloved professional orchestra to Bell Tower, marrying the beauty of symphonic music with the art of shopping and dining in a way that will be truly meaningful and enjoyable for our mutual guests.”
“We’re so grateful to Bell Tower’s management for its generosity and visionary thinking, and we’re excited about what the future holds for us both,” says Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the symphony. “Bell Tower has always been a beautiful, upscale center of commerce. We envision patrons and Youth Orchestra families shopping and strolling through the shopping center before concerts or while observing rehearsals. They’ll attend our events, then stay on the property for a post-concert dinner and drinks. It’s the perfect marriage of two southwest Florida icons, and a unique and exciting way to engage youth and families in the arts while enhancing the lives of Fort Myers residents and visitors.”
Earlier this year, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank also granted Southwest Florida Symphony the use of 2,100 square feet of administrative office space for three years. While moving some of its administrative functions into the new space, the symphony will continue to conduct business operations from its 7500 College Parkway location, also in South Fort Myers, as well.