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The Southwest Florida Symphony
turns the page in its Symphonic
Storybook once again to
Masterworks III: Love Triangle. This con-
cert is under the baton of Music Director
Nir Kabaretti and takes place at 8 p.m .
on Saturday, February 13 in the Barbara
B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.
Masterworks III: Love Triangle tells the
heartbreaking tale of young musical prod-
igy, Johannes Brahms, who is discovered
by older mentor, Robert Schumann.
Schumann invites the budding virtuoso to
come live with him and his wife to bet-
ter develop his talent. As the young man
achieves stardom, his mentor’s mental
health deteriorates, and rumors start to
circulate that his wife and the young musi-
cian are becoming more than just close
friends. This drama entangled the lives of
three great Romantic composers: Robert
Schumann, his wife Clara, and the young
Johannes Brahms. Hear the musical
genius of all three sides of this love trian-
gle, as the Southwest Florida Symphony
under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti
performs Robert Schumann’s fiery
Manfred Overture (inspired by the poetry
of Lord Byron), Clara Schumann’s Piano
Concerto in A minor featuring Jillian
Prescott Scholarship award winner Noah
Wadell, and Brahms’ lyrical and passion-
ate Symphony No. 2 in D major.
Tickets cost between $24 and $84 per
person and may be purchased online at
www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest
Florida Symphony Box Office located
at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in
Fort Myers, by calling the symphony box
office at 418-1500 or in person at the
Barbara B. Mann Box Office one hour
prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann
Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350
FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. Patrons are
invited to attend a conductor-led pre-con -
cert lecture at 7 p.m., one hour prior to
the perfor mance. Maestro Kabaretti and
the symphony’s guest artists enhance the
concert experience through their insights
into the pieces being performed.
Evening With The Authors
Advance Sale Discount Tickets
Act now to meet, mingle and dine with dozens of best-selling authors at
Evening with the Authors on Friday, March 18 at the Marina at Edison Ford,
2360 West First Street in downtown Fort Myers. The cocktail reception in
the Edison Ford Coconut Grove on the beautiful Caloosahatchee River begins at 6
p.m . A plated dinner and program follows at 7 p.m .
The reception is a chance to meet the 20-plus authors who will headline the
Southwest Florida Reading Festival the following day. Reservations are required.
Discounted advance tickets can be purchased for $45 by January 31; tickets will then
increase to $50. Space is limited. The deadline for reservations is midnight on March
3. Go to www.readfest.org and select Evening with the Authors to make a reservation.
The dinner will honor author Debbie Macomber with the 2016 Distinguished
Author Award for her generosity and work as world spokesperson for World Vision’s
Knit For Kids program. The evening is sponsored by Books-A-Million and the Edison
& Ford Winter Estates. To see the list of outstanding authors attending the festival and
dinner, go to www.readfest.org/Authors.
The dinner is a choice of slow roasted prime rib with aus jus, macadamia crusted
mahi mahi or eggplant parmesan with spaghetti and pomodoro (vegetarian option).
The reception will include a cash bar and feature Read-a-Ritas.
Complete author information, schedules of festival activities, partner events, direc-
tions to the event and more, are available in the festival app available free at the App
Store or Google Play, online at www.readfest.org or by calling 479-4636.
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on Sunday, February 7.
Retired 30-year veteran teacher from
Cypress Lake School for the Arts, Ava
Roeder, is the chairperson of the Chalk
“This ArtFest competition provides our
students with the valuable opportunity to
participate in a first class art show in a
local setting. They gain experience in the
competitive world we live in today, with
high expectations of presenting a qual-
ity product and fine workmanship. And
their creative energy is simply amazing to
watch,” said Roeder.
Chalk Block will bring together 40
teams representing all Lee County high
schools, as well as home-schooled stu-
dents, on Saturday, February 6.
“We are honored to have Truly Nolen
Pest Control as a sponsor of Chalk
Block,” said Sharon McAllister, ArtFest
Fort Myers executive director. “It is won-
derful to realize that some of our partici-
pants have been with us more than once,
spurred on by the spirit of artful competi-
tion in such a fun and fanciful medium.”
Five professional chalk artists will also
be on hand, mentoring the students in
an art form that dates back to the 18th
century, while creating their own displays.
The professional artists share their knowl-
edge about the techniques of street paint-
ing with the students at the beginning of
the weekend and then determine who will
be the winning teams.
For more information visit
ArtFestFortMyers.com or call 768-3602 .
The Lee County Community Band
will present Viva la Romance! at
3 p.m. on Sunday, February 7 at
Cape Coral High School. The program
features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture;
Five Mellow Winds, to the memory
of Glenn Miller; Sinatra In Concert, a
medley of Old Blue Eyes’ hits; The Blue
and the Gray, a Civil War Suite; plus
marches by Karl King, Henry Fillmore
and John Williams.
Recognizing February as a special
month for romance, band director
Richard Bradstreet will invite the audi-
ence to sing along with three romantic
favorites including Let Me Call You
Sweetheart, By the Light of the Silvery
Moon and Somewhere, My Love.
Additional Lee County Band concerts
are set for March 13 and April 10. The
events are free (donations accepted) and
open to the public; all will begin at 3 p.m .
at Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa
Barbara Boulevard, just north of Veterans
Parkway in Cape Coral.
Members are musicians from all walks
of life – career musicians, amateurs, and
folks renewing skills from years past –
who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte
counties. Their vocalist is Normal Jones.
For more information, visit www.
leecountyband.org or call Norman Jones
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The Bangladeshi American Society
of Southwest Florida will hold
its fifth annual Banglafest on
Saturday, February 13.
The goal is to share the Bangladeshi
heritage, culture, tradition, music, fashion
and authentic cuisine to the diversified
society of Southwest Florida. The event
presents the best of local talents with
performances in music, song, dance, arts
and fashion shows. The main attraction
though will be a surprise – a visit from a
renowned artist from Bangladesh.
The festival takes place at Lee County
Alliance For The Arts, 10091 McGregor
Boulevard, Fort Myers from 11 a.m . until
Admission and parking is free.
For further information, contact
Mashuk Elahi at 699-8397 or Maksudur
Rahman, 269-5258 .
Henna painted hands
Typical Bangladeshi food
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