The Southwest Florida Symphony will present the opening pops concert of the 2011-12 Season, "The American Songbook" on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, at 8 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Guest vocalists Destan Owens and Sarah Pfisterer will join the orchestra under the direction of Music Director Michael Hall in a program of music from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. The program will include works by Arlen, Berlin, Ellington, Gershwin, Kern, Mercer, Porter, Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein.
Destan Owens is an Oklahoma native with a bachelor of arts degree in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University. He has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and as a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices as well as in film and on stage.
Sarah Pfisterer has played over 1,000 performances in the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and across the country. A Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist, Sarah has worked with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and John McGlinn and did a recording of Jerome Kern's "Oh Boy" in London under the direction of Mr. McGlinn. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. In addition to numerous commercials and industrial films, she is featured in the music video Beggar's Waltz.
This concert is sponsored by a generous gift from Charles B. Munsch.
The Southwest Florida Symphony offers single tickets to its performances at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, starting at $20. Tickets are available at the Symphony Box office at 12651 McGregor Blvd, Bldg. 4-403 in Fort Myers, by calling (239) 418-1500 or online at www.swflso.org
The Southwest Florida Symphony also offers subscription packages at substantial savings over the single ticket prices. Flex ticket packages are also available. Please call the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 or visit www.swflso.org for more information.