Each year, the Southwest Florida Symphony presents a series of five Masterworks Concerts featuring music from the great symphonic repertoire ranging from the Baroque era through the 21st century. One hour prior to each Masterworks, patrons are invited to attend conductor and guest artist led pre-concert lectures. These lectures, which include Q&A opportunities, enhance our patrons’ concert experience through providing insight into the pieces being performed.
The Symphony also presents four Pops Concerts, including a family-oriented Holiday Pops each December, all featuring major entertainers with impressive pedigrees in musical theater. Four Small Stage Symphonies℠ chamber orchestra programs, including a Summer Staycation Concert℠, are presented annually at multiple venues throughout Southwest Florida, with some of those programs being presented in other cities throughout the state.
The organization supports a Youth Orchestra program that includes a full youth symphony, chamber ensembles for more advanced players, a full concert orchestra for intermediate-level players and a string ensemble for beginning players. A professional string quartet and brass quintet present free educational programs in local schools early in the academic year and a free Young People’s concert is presented at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at the end of each academic year in mid-May.
Each year the Symphony Society, the orchestra’s fundraising auxiliary and largest single donor, hosts a Young Artists Competition with the winner being given the opportunity to perform as soloist with the orchestra. In addition to offering multiple scholarship opportunities to budding musicians, The Symphony Society, which consists of more than 300 volunteers, works tirelessly each concert season hosting multiple fundraising events in support of the orchestra and its programs.
To ensure accessibility to everyone who desires it, the orchestra provides hundreds of free tickets to disadvantaged youth, deeply discounted tickets to teachers and public servants in addition to $5 tickets to families through the Symphony’s Discovery Club and college Student Rush programs.
MISSION / VISION
The mission of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is to present outstanding music for the entertainment, enrichment and education of the broadest possible public.
The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Symphony is an auditioned group comprised of some of the finest young musicians in our area. An important educational program of the Southwest Florida Symphony, it provides quality symphonic training and performance experience for young musicians. They are coached by professional Symphony musicians, rehearse weekly and perform in their own concert series. Advanced students have the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles. The Youth Symphony is a full advanced orchestra.
The Concert Orchestra is a second full orchestra with woodwind, brass, percussion and string players who will benefit from this experience to prepare them for the advanced literature performed by the Youth Symphony. The Concert Orchestra also rehearses weekly, is coached by Symphony musicians, and performs throughout the year. The group is conducted by Mr. Roland Forti.
The Sinfonietta is a strings-only Orchestra designed to develop and enhance young string musicians’ technique and musical skill. They rehearse weekly and perform throughout the season.