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Community Concert Association announces 2025 season

Tickets now on sale for five classical performances

By Staff | May 13, 2024

Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra. PROVIDED

Internationally-acclaimed performers from around the world will headline the five concerts planned for 2025 by the Fort Myers Community Concert Association.

Tickets are now on sale for the 75th concert season, which organizers say brings the best in symphony orchestras, brass and wind ensembles to Southwest Florida. All performances will be at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers.

“Our 75th season brings together musicians from Czechoslovakia, Germany and the United States for a stellar season,” Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann. “Community Concert Association members and guests will love seeing the National Symphony Orchestra from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which will be performing with Hillary Hahn, a three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist, as well as our other artists.”

All five concerts are included in one ticket price, which ranges from $165 for prime orchestra and mezzanine seats to $155 for other orchestra and mezzanine seats, $85 for lower balcony seating and just $65 for upper balcony. There is limited $165 orchestra seating still available, Mann said.

For membership information, visit FortMyersCommunityConcerts.org or email MLMannConcerts@aol.com. Tickets to individual performances are not available at this time.

Frisson Ensemble. PROVIDED

The five performances all begin at 7:30 p.m.:

Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra – Jan. 14. Established in 1908, the orchestra is embarking on its first U.S. tour ever in 2025. The orchestra has an extensive and varied repertoire, from the great composers of the 19th and 20th centuries to contemporary and classic Czech music and more than 250 new compositions.

Frisson Ensemble – Jan. 28. Frisson features classical music’s best and brightest stars and has emerged as one of the most popular chamber music groups in America, showcasing young artists as well as seasoned professionals. Members have performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Frisson has been called “the classical group that does it all.”

Imani Winds & Boston Brass – Feb. 12. Celebrating more than a quarter century of music making, the twice Grammy nominated Imani Winds will be joined by the legendary Boston Brass, which performs more than 100 times each year and has performed in 49 states and 30 countries. The quintet has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio and has recorded several albums.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Symphony Orchestra – March 19. Since its founding in 1931, the National Symphony Orchestra has been committed to performances that enrich the lives of its audience and community members. In 1986, the National Symphony became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Three-time Grammy Award winning violinist Hillary Hahn will join the orchestra.

Imani Winds. PROVIDED

Piano Battle – March 25. Internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head in a piano duel featuring a variety of classical and contemporary music. The audience will decide the winner in this unique concert experience.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is at 13350 FSW Parkway on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers.

About the Fort Myers Community Concert Association

The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 75th concert season, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded by the legendary Barbara B. Mann in 1949 to bring world-class entertainment to Southwest Florida at affordable prices. The association consists of more than 1,200 members, underwriters and sponsors. Performers brought to Fort Myers in the past by the association include The Israel Ballet, Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.

Boston Brass. PROVIDED

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Symphony at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. PROVIDED

Hilary Hahn, violinist, photographed at WGBH Boston by Chris Lee in 2023. PROVIDED

Piano Battle – Paul Cibis and Andeas Kern. PROVIDED