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Mastersingers look to the future

The parking lot at the Pine Island United Methodist Church was already full this afternoon when I arrived for the concert of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.  The chorus presented The Future of Music in the crowded sanctuary. As I squeezed into a pew, I felt a wave of nostalgia since I recognized so many […]

Harp music heralds the season

  My husband and I spent a restful hour at the Pine Island Library this afternoon listening to seasonal music played on the harp by Barbara Fischer. Fischer teaches harp and piano in Fort Myers.  Her mother is also a harpist. The selection of music was certainly eclectic. Pieces that I would consider typical for […]

White Christmas review

  If the holidays fill you with nostalgia for the sweeter, simpler days of yesteryear, White Christmas at the Broadway Palm will be just your cup of eggnog. The show is brimming with sequined costumes, tapping feet, and corny dialogue. It’s also filled with the music of Irving Berlin, and no matter how sophisticated we […]

Nothing New Under the Sun

  Having seen a touring company of Evita many years ago, I couldn’t wait to find out how Broadway Palm would handle such a big production. What I found was that watching the spectacle unfold from the closer perspective of a relatively small venue gave me an even greater appreciation. The two leads, April Monte […]

Music for a Sunday Afternoon

I live quite a distance from FGCU, so when the opportunity arose to hear two of the Bower School of Music’s ensembles in Cape Coral, I was in. The Jazz Ensemble led by Brandon Robertson and the Symphonic Band led by Troy Jones presented a concert at Ida Baker High School to a disappointingly small […]

Rockin’ and Groovin’ at Broadway Palm

  Broadway Palm’s latest show, Yesterday’s, (and why is that apostrophe in there anyway?) is a pastiche of music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, one act of each. The six performers confess at the top of the show that they are too young to remember any of what they’re about to sing and dance to. […]

Celebrating freedom

  The annual Midsummer Hymn Sing that Sam Galloway, Jr., puts together got a makeover this year. He wanted to prolong Independence Day, and the result was First Celebrates Freedom. The pews at First Presbyterian Church on Second Street in downtown Fort Myers were filled nearly to capacity. The evening began with a procession down […]