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 […]

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 […]

Wild Coffee offers summer refreshment for classical music lovers

  Abbey Allison and Susie Kelly embarked on their maiden voyage as the Wild Coffee Duo yesterday afternoon. And what smooth sailing it was. The very talented pianist and cellist put together a sprightly program titled Bon Voyage: A Musical Trip around the World to kick off their summer concert season at New Hope Presbyterian […]

High energy Funny Girl opens at Broadway Palm

  It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to undertake a role that will be forever identified with Barbra Streisand. For that alone, I salute Elizabeth McMonagle who is starring in Funny Girl at Broadway Palm Theatre. She’s softer around the edges than La Streisand and her voice, while strong, is not the biggest on […]

Arts in April at FSW

My former employer Florida SouthWestern State College has a thriving Arts Department. As the spring semester draws to a close, several theater and music performances are scheduled in April. Stuart Brown directs his theater students in Almost, Maine by John Cariani. The show opened last night and runs through April 9. Matinees are scheduled today […]

Big day for Brahms

  Devotees of Johannes Brahms have to make a choice on March 6. Should they go to hear the Charlotte County Symphony or the Gulf Coast Symphony? Maestro Raffaele Ponti and his orchestra will present Symphony No. 1, Opus 68, in C minor by Brahms along with Violin Concerto, Opus 47, in D minor by […]