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Courtesy of the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers serves as Lee County’s professional orchestra and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The ensemble’s musicians have been providing a broad range of classical performances to local audiences for more than half a century and the group is wasting no time kicking off the New Year with the latest installment of their ‘Masterworks’ concert series this Friday, Jan. 6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

We'll sit down for the hour with Nathan Hill. The Naples-based novelist's first book, "The Nix," took the literary world by storm in 2016. We'll ask him what the onslaught of literary fame has been like, and how it felt to learn that great American novelist John Irving had compared his work to Charles Dickens.

We're joined live in studio by the five members of Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders. The Bottomfeeders are a bluegrass band led by fishing guide Captain Joe McNichols. He was joined by Sharon Morrison, Pat Morrison and Larry Wicker in 2010, and Angela Girdley came aboard in 2017. They've been pickin’ and grinnin’ ever since. They play mostly traditional bluegrass music, but throw in a few other songs that are favorites from the past. They say their goal is to create a pleasing sound while having fun and entertaining those who care to listen. They play at venues throughout Southwest Florida, including bluegrass festivals, local shows, special events and parties.

An Act of God

Nov 30, 2017

Players with the Laboratory Theater of Florida are currently performing the satirical comedy, “An Act of God,” by acclaimed comedy writer David Javerbaum.  Javerbaum is the former head writer and executive producer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”  

Sarasota Musica Viva

Nov 30, 2017
Mary Dennis

The world-class musicians of the non-profit chamber music group Sarasota Musica Viva are in the midst of their third full season performing at venues in and around the Sarasota region.  The group is known for introducing audiences to new and rarely performed pieces as well as fresh arrangements of traditional chamber works.

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