Sanibel Music Festival to feature artists from FGCU in open air performances

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Sanibel Music Festival will launch the Emerging Artist Series this year in March. The series will feature the FGCU Bower School of Music Chamber Ensembles performing in open air daytime performances on Sanibel Island. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kyle Szabo and the talented Bower School of Music artists to Sanibel,” said Jana Stone, Sanibel Music Festival President. “The Emerging Artist Series will showcase promising talent in a beautiful outdoor island venue, while allowing strict observance of public health standards.”
Sanibel Music Festival Emerging Artist Series concerts will be Tuesdays, March 23 and March 30, at 11 a.m. at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive on Sanibel Island. The venue offers socially distanced seating, easy accessibility via the Tiki Bar and plentiful on-site parking.
The Mrch 23 concert will feature The Bower String Quartet and the Chamber Strings. The March 30 performance will feature The Symphony Orchestra Strings.
Register at for complimentary, guaranteed socially distanced seating, and to make a free will donation. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. All donations are tax deductible and will support the Bower School of Music. Concert goers can also register by calling 239-344-7025 or writing to Sanibel Music Festival, PO Box 1623, Sanibel, Florida 33957. Donation checks are welcome by mail or with a contact-free donation in a collection box at the concert.
Concern for Covid-19 conditions caused the festival to postpone the well-known annual seven-concert series featuring chamber music, piano recital, and vocal ensemble. “I’m looking forward to enjoying music in the open-air this year,” said Nina Orrell, festival vice president. “The 2022 season is planned to return to indoor evening performances with an outstanding program including the multiple award-winning Emerson String Quartet, honored with nine Grammys.”

The Sanibel Music Festival 2021 music committee includes Jana Stone, Michael Newhouse, Nina Orrell, David Conrad and Sue Pick.

A five-member music committee led by board member Sue Pick reviews every composition considered for presentation. “Our goal is to
carefully craft a balanced, yet diverse program,” explained Pick. “We are working with Dr. Kyle Szabo, Orchestra Director and Head of String Studies at the Bower School of Music, on an exciting program for March, including some beloved favorites.”
“Sanibel Music Festival is a great partner,” said Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts. “The school serves as the hub of campus cultural life while preparing students to excel as professionals in the arts and related fields,” continued Biernacki. “Performing in the community is a rich musical opportunity for students and allows us to contribute to the impressive cultural texture of Southwest Florida.”


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