2017-03-16 / Arts & Entertainment News

Royal Scottish National Orchestra on stage March 20

Famed violinist Nicola Benedetti joins ensemble

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will appear in concert at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Monday, March 20, as part of its first United States tour in more than 35 years.

The concert is the last of the season offered by the Fort Myers Community Concert Association. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are available at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers. For tickets, call (239) 481-4849.

Prices are $35 for lower balcony and $25 for upper balcony seats. A limited number of orchestra and mezzanine seating is available at $55 each.

“This is an amazing and very rare opportunity to hear these musicians in concert,” said Fort Myers Community Association President Mary Lee Mann. “We are so fortunate that acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti will be performing as well.”

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is celebrating 125 years of bringing the best in classical music to audiences around the world. The orchestra will present Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and featuring violinist Nicola Benedetti in Brahms’ “Violin Concerto, D Major” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.”

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has made more than 200 recordings with eight Grammy-nominations. The orchestra’s current artistic team is led by British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian, who joined as music director in 2012.

The RSNO performs across Scotland and has made recent tours to France, Germany, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Serbia. In December 2012 and January 2013, the Orchestra undertook its first mainland Asia visit with a hugely successful tour of China with Peter Oundjian. The RSNO was an active participant in the cultural program of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow and in the same year hosted the Ryder Cup Gala Concert .

Violinist Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation and one of the most influential classical artists today. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Ms. Benedetti is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Most recently she has enjoyed collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Verdi Orchestra Milano, Camerata Salzburg, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, La Cetra Barockorchester, Orchestre Capitole du Toulouse, Iceland Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. ¦

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