If you’re looking for fun March events on Sanibel—look no further than the Sanibel Music Festival. The Festival presents seven concerts each “Save March for Music” season, with piano, chamber music, recital, and vocal ensembles.
The mission of the Festival is to present classical music of the highest standard and to promote the careers of emerging artists through performance opportunities at affordable prices.
During your time this month on Sanibel, enjoy one (or many) of the following scheduled music festival events:
Rolston String Quartet
March 7 @ 7:30 pm
The 2018 recipient and first international ensemble chosen for the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, Canada’s Rolston String Quartet continue to receive acclamation and recognition for their musical excellence. In 2016, a monumental year, they earned First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). In that same year, the quartet’s winning included Astral’s National Auditions and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.
Boston Chamber Music Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp
March 10 @ 7:30 pm
The Boston Chamber Music Society, BCMS, is an ensemble of superb musicians who come together in different combinations to prepare and perform chamber music. Since its founding in 1982, BCMS has built a reputation for impassioned performances, ripened over time by the long personal and professional histories of its member musicians.
Ann Hobson Pilot was the principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to the end of Tanglewood 2009 season, having joined the BSO in 1969 as assistant principal harp and principal with the Boston Pops.
2020 National Chopin Piano Competition Winner
March 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Sanibel Music Festival proudly welcomes the winner of the 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition, Avery Gagliano.
Gould Trio with Robert Plane, Clarinet
March 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Gould Piano Trio, directly compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire” and “dedication to the genre” in the Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a century. Robert Plane’s hugely varied career has seen concerto appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA, with performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Madrid with the City of London Sinfonia, Beijing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA with the Virginia Symphony.
Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber, Superstar of Song and Stage, Presented by Opera Theater of Connecticut
March 24 @ 7:30 pm
Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Cats (1994), Evita (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
Emerson String Quartet
March 28 @ 7:30 pm
The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”.
Ticket prices range from $25.00-$50.00 and can be purchased at www.sanibelmusicfestival.org or on the island at Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way. Cash/check only. Tickets are also available at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Each concert is performed at Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL, 33957.
For more information please call the Sanibel Music Festival at (239) 344-7025.