Following last season’s celebrated Holiday Pops performance, the Southwest Florida Symphony returns to St. Augustine with Music Director and Conductor Kir Kabaretti, who came to Southwest Florida from the Santa Barbara Symphony in California, where he also serves as music and artistic director. Mr. Kabaretti has earned an impressive reputation across continents.
As Fort Myers’ only professional symphony and the oldest symphony orchestra in Southwest Florida, the Southwest Florida Symphony enters its 55th season this year, having made its debut as a community orchestra in April 1961.
The Southwest Florida Symphony enters its 56th season this year, having made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961. Conducted by Arlo Deibler, the Symphony began its life as a community orchestra and its original roster consisted of 24 musicians. It performed in community centers and schools throughout Lee and Collier Counties. It has since grown to become Lee County’s only professional symphony orchestra, filling Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall with symphonic music enthusiasts and a roster consisting of more than 65 world class musicians. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 56th year promises to be a season of continued enthusiasm as internationally acclaimed Maestro Nir Kabaretti leads the symphony into another season of blockbuster performances.
Italo-Israeli conductor, Nir Kabaretti, has established an impressive international career with vast experience in the symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire. Currently, he is in his third season as Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, and continues to serve as Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California. After graduation from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti held positions at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. Other positions in his early professional path include assistant to the Music Director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. During this period he was working closely with some of the leading conductors of our time such as Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, and Zubin Mehta. Mr. Kabaretti’s guest conducting engagements include the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, Bochumer Symphoniker, National Taiwan Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and many others.
Carolann Sanita is a professional singer, actress and vocal technician/coach. She has been seen all over the United States as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Recent credits include singing back-up to Linda Eder at the Palace Theatre on Broadway, Encore’s No, No Nanette at New York City Center, Les Miserables (Cosette) at Flat Rock Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Artpark, Sweeney Todd (Johanna) at Sacramento Music Circus, A Little Night Music (Anne) at South Coast Repertory, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy) at The Cape Playhouse, Barnum (Jenny Lind) at Westchester Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at the Fulton Theatre and Gilbert and Sullivan in Brief(s) (The Soprano) at White Planes Performing Arts Center, Queens Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Carolann holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from North Carolina School of the Arts.
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