Sanibel Music Festival returns in March

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Sanibel Music Festival launches this year’s six concert series with the dynamic Manhattan Chamber Players on March 5.
“Critics say MCP lights up the stage and floods the hall with their joy of performance,” says Nina Orrell, Sanibel Music Festival vice president and booking manager. “This popular ensemble opened our season in 2020, and we are delighted to have them back.”

Manhattan Chamber Players: Michael Katz cello, Adam Golka piano, Brendan Spelk violin, Grace Park violin, and founding artistic director Luke Fleming viola – March 5


Sanibel Music Festival is a volunteer organization focused on presenting chamber music, piano recital, and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber every year in March. Starting with the Manhattan Chamber Players on March 5, six concerts will be held at 7:30 pm on select Tuesdays and Saturdays at Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org or contact the hotline at 239-344-7025 for $50 general admission, discounts, donations, and premium seating opportunities. Tickets are also available in person at Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way (check and cash only) and at the door. Student tickets are complimentary, underwritten by the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.

Avery Gagliano


The Manhattan Chamber players concert is followed on March 9 by National Chopin Piano Competition Winner Avery Gagliano, whose all-Chopin concert in 2020 earned a standing ovation and multiple curtain calls.

Boston Trio


The season continues with the Boston Trio featuring violinist Irina Muresanu on March 12, followed on March 16 by the Viano String Quartet, one of the most sought-after performing young ensembles today.
On March 19, preeminent chamber musicians David Finckel and Wu Han, cello and piano, directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, perform followed by the Opera Theater of Connecticut, back on March 23 for the 37th time, singing the hits of Gilbert and Sullivan.

David Finckel and Wu Han

“Manhattan Chamber Players are a collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level,” says founding artistic director and award-wining violist Luke Fleming. “We are all musicians from the tradition of great music making, such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Perlman Music Program and the Chautauqua Institution.”
Fellow MCP performers Michael Katz cello, Adam Golka piano, Brendan Spelk violin, and Grace Park violin are all acclaimed award-winning musicians in the U.S. and abroad. “The March 5 performers are former students of the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Peabody Conservatory,” explained Sanibel Music Festival co-president Debbie Larson. “Their program will include breathtaking piano quintets by Dvorak and Brahms.”
“This is an ideal concert for both chamber music enthusiasts and those new to the chamber genre,” added board member Gloria Garrett. “The venue is appreciated by artists and listeners alike for excellent acoustics enabling an intimate audience connection.”
The Manhattan Chamber Players will perform the Antonin Dvorak Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 and Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. For more information visit manhattanchamberplayers.com.

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