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The 2018-2019 Season is almost here!

All of the concerts in the Nisita Concert Series take place in the U. Tobe Recital Hall in the Music Building on the FGCU campus. Thank you for your support of the Bower School of Music, we look forward to seeing you throughout the season.


>>>>  For information on Student Ensembles and Recitals,  
view the Student Ensembles page linked from the left navigation.


All tickets are now on sale.

February 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Shawn Allison, saxophone
Mario Bernardo, saxophone
Daniel Davis, saxophone
Jason Thomashefsky, saxophone
Abigail Allison, piano

Join us for an evening of saxophone music by living composers featuring local performing artists. Highlights include two pieces for saxophone and piano by FGCU’s Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jason Bahr, including a world premiere. Also featured will be work by Bower School of Music Instructors Shawn Allison and Mario Bernardo. This is a concert not to be missed!

Tickets for this concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available here.

February 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Jonathan T. Posadas, viola
Michael Baron, piano
Assisted by Paul Votapek

John T. Posadas enjoys a busy career as a performer and educator.  He has performed throughout the country and abroad with appearances at the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, Aspen, Santa Fe, and Chautauqua. He is currently the violist for the Baumer String Quartet and the Ars Nova String Trio. He previously held the principal violist position with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul Votapek, instructor of clarinet and principal clarinetist of the Naples Philharmonic joins Posadas and Baron for trios.

Tickets for this concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available here.

February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Focks, piano

Known for his electrifying virtuosity and profound depth, award-winning pianist, Andrew Focks performs in concert venues around the globe as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. Commanding a mastery of an unusually vast range of styles and repertoire, his performances have been broadcast on television and radio throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. From major concert platforms such as New York’s Carnegie Hall to stages of festivals around the world, musicians and the public alike have embraced his artistry.

Tickets for this concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available here.

March 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Naples Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles

Repertoire will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet and Johannes Brahms’ Horn Trio in E flat Major, Op. 40.

Tickets for this concert are $15 and are available here.

March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

David Ross, Baroque flute
Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord

A special concert which allows the listener to hear music of the Baroque era as those in the 17th century would have heard it. Praised by the New York Times, David Ross performs as Baroque flute soloist with many early music groups. He earned historical performance degrees from both the Koninlijk Conservatorium in Holland and the Juilliard School in NYC. Harpsichordist Jeffrey Grossman specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past. He holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University. 

Tickets for this concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available here.

April 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Manhattan Piano Trio
Wayne Lee, violin
Dimitry Kouzov, cello
Milana Strezeva, piano

Hailed by critics as "a grand departure from the usual" (News Herald), the Manhattan Piano Trio is one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in America. Now in its 13th season, MPT has been among the busiest groups in the classical music scene, having performed hundreds of concerts for enthusiastic audiences in almost 40 states. The Sarasota Herald Tribune said "one seldom is privileged to enjoy music of such a wide range of styles performed with self-effacing skill and relaxed assurance." 

Tickets for this concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available here.

Music Special Event:

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

5th Annual Champagne Signature Concert Fundraiser

U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building
Special Fundraising Concert

This concert is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the Bower School of Music students through chamber performances. Chamber ensembles will include brass, jazz, percussion, piano, strings, voice and wind. Reservations are required and contributions are encouraged for this special concert and elegant champagne reception. All donations and contributions go to sponsor scholarships and student ensemble activities.

For reservations or information, please contact Joanna Hoch at (239) 745-4268 or To make a contribution, please contact the FGCU Foundation Office at (239) 590-1067.



If you are interested in being one of the first to know about our upcoming events, please join our email list by clicking here. If you would like to receive a copy of the 2018-2019 Season Brochure, please contact Joanna K. Hoch, Events Coordinator, at with your mailing address.