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Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Association I

Rating: 4.32 stars   34 reviews 2,048

Address:

12651 McGregor Blvd. Bldg. 4-403 Fort Myers FL 33919 USA

Mission:

The Symphony and its family of affiliates are committed to sharing their passion for music with the entire Southwest Florida community through continuous improvement of the artistic quality, programmatic breadth and cultural relevance of our concert programs and presentations. We are determined to accomplish this mission by creating an infrastructure of educational programs, institutional support and personal participation that we can build upon with pride in the 21st Century.

Programs:

Each season the Orchestra offers a series of five Classical Masterworks concerts. Performances are usually at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. For program dates and details, visit the Symphony's website at www.swflso.org

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

First time Southwest Florida Symphony attendee. Great guest artist (Glen Phillips) performance on May 6th, unimpressive symphony and even less impressive (rigid and unfriendly) organization. No future inclination to attend, no matter who the guest artist. Seems like a typical backwoods town symphony deeply corroded by nepotism with no vision. Not surprised by the vast amount of empty seats.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I'm a first time Southwest Florida Symphony attendee. My beautiful wife and I attended the crossover concert on May 6th, and we were generally pleased with the performances - particularly the Glen Phillips portion. I read the 2 previous comments and can attest to what my wife and I saw as a very disjointed event. Judging from all the previous posts, this organization's turmoil seem to have started in 2014 and just progressively got worst. It's a shame! There's not much entertainment available in this region.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have occasionally in the last four years attended the Symphony's Masterworks and Pops Series and have noticed the changes described by RBernhardt67. The Southwest Florida Symphony is typical of any small town symphony. It consists of very hard working musicians and once possessed a diligent and passionate group of volunteers. There is certainly room for improvement in regard to the current Maestro, who lacks charisma and enthusiasm but which may be a direct result of the very public and bitter power struggle between the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.

The decline became very apparent after the death of the former Executive Director and the resignation of very knowledgeable, highly respected and well liked members of the Board. The Symphony has since then been in a free fall, especially after the resignations. One BOT member with an unsavory reputation in the Southwest Florida legal community then brought on board as replacements, her "close" male friends (one of which has a gambling addiction).

The writing is on the wall; it is only a matter of time before this once thriving organization implodes from the in-fighting between its various committees (all worker bees) and from having no one with any leadership qualities. Until then, we will remain snowbird patrons. It's the least we can do to support the musicians.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

This organization gives me worried thoughts. The new Maestro has a charismatic effort when dealing with the Orchestra. He is musical, it is obvious. This is not the worry I have, however. I am very concerned with the Management side of this organization. As a long time seasonal resident of the area, I have met many of the people in the musical society. I was aghast when I found out about an illegal firing of a musician that happened over this past summer. I was then even more disheartened, when I found the organization was required to submit into a legal battle at their own fault. I was becoming wary after previous Maestro (Hall?) suddenly was required to leave, especially when he had such a popular following. Something strange happened there. None of the upper management people remain, which elicits more suspicion. I fear the current higher ups lack experience and education that is necessary to effectively run an organization like this. I have much suspicion that operations are "making everything look good" but in effect, there is no foundation or expertise - worrisome! A friend told me the current Executive Counselor/Director is not a capable professional, but that is opinion of his. I cannot complain to the vigor at which the musicians perform or the enthusiasm of the crowd. Please forgive my type, as English is a third language!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first year as a Board member and season ticket holder. Both my wife and I and our guests were treated to fantastic concerts in a wonderful venue. The orchestra performances under the direction of our new Music Director/Conductor Nir Kabaretti sounded inspired and we can't wait for the 2015/16 season to begin.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra had an outstanding 2014/2015 season with the new Maestro Nir Kabaretti. He worked with the Orchestra and they have exceeded expectations. Many full time residents are thrilled that there will be a Summer concert conducted by Maestro Kabaretti in Sanibel, Ft. Myers and Cape Coral in August. Thanks for recognizing the need for the arts in the "off season".

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great Orchestra, great leadership, great music, great fun.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Great symphonic music led by a young music director that has brought this professional group of musicians to new heights . The youth orchestra program, the educational programs in the schools and scholarships awarded have enhanced the music education programs in the local school district. The funding for the school music programs was reduced several years ago and the Southwest Florida Symphony has stepped up to enrich the programs that remain. BRAVO!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I thoroughly enjoyed the concerts this past season - 2014/2015. Excellent music. To the members of the orchestra, well done.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a short-term yet enthusiastic patron of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (aka SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS ASSOCIATION), the musical, educational and social quality is truly enticing across audiences. The new multicultural Music Director, NIR KABARETTI, and his TEAM, produces engaging programming for audiences ranging from youth to elderly - namely, educational, sophisticated, and enjoyable for all. BRAVO!

 
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