World-renowned artists from throughout Europe, Russia and Great Britain will travel to Fort Myers in 2021 to perform for the Fort Myers Community Concert Association in its 72nd annual concert series.
Tickets are now on sale for the five performances, which organizers say bring the best in classical symphony, vocal and dance performances to Southwest Florida. All performances will be at the Barbara B. Mann Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers.
“We anticipate that we’ll be sold out by the time the series begins in January,” said Community Concert Association president Mary Lee Mann. “Where else can you see not one, but five performances for what you would expect to pay for just one?”
All five concerts are included in one ticket price, which ranges from $165 for prime orchestra and mezzanine seats to $155 for other orchestra and mezzanine seats, $85 for lower balcony seating and just $65 for upper balcony.
For membership forms, visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org or call 239-693-4849. Tickets to individual performances are not available at this time.
“We have been fortunate this year to attract some of the most outstanding artists in the world today, thanks to the generosity of our major underwriters and supporters,” Mann said.
“In these unprecedented times, one thing is certain. Fort Myers Community Concerts will continue its more than 70-year tradition of presenting the finest concerts with the well-being of our patrons as a prime consideration. If our 2021 series should have to be cancelled, all subscribers would receive a complete refund, or if they choose, a credit toward our next season.”
The five performances all begin at 7:30 p.m.:
● Moscow State Symphony Orchestra – Jan. 19
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra presents a splendid ensemble including Weber: Oberon Overture, Bruch: Violin Concert No. 1 and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6. Under the musical direction of Pavel Kogan, the MSSO has a reputation for high artistic standards and imaginative programming.
● Les Violons Du Roy Chamber Orchestra – Jan. 25
Les Violons Du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Quebec City and is a regular feature on the Montreal cultural calendar. The orchestra is known throughout North America thanks to the many broadcasts of its concerts and recordings on CBC, Radio-Canada and NPR.
● VOCES8 – Feb. 16
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will present an a cappella concert celebrating diverse musical expression. The ensemble of eight has released acclaimed recordings that have all reached the top of the classical charts.
● The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass – March 9
The internationally acclaimed Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians, who have appeared on the world’s most prominent stages and performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Brass.
● National Dance Company of Siberia – March 23
The National Dance Company of Siberia introduces audiences to the cultural traditions of Siberia. The 44-member dance company is elaborately dressed in gorgeous costumes and joined on stage by a live orchestra of instruments that weave music into the fabric of the dances and Siberian folklore.
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 72nd 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, Violinist Itzhak Perlman, 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.