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Marking its 35th season, the Sanibel Music Festival kicks off in March.

It will feature seven sets on select Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus a matinee on March 22 at 2 p.m. This will be followed by the Emerging Artists Series concerts on March 29 and April 5 at 11 a.m., featuring Florida’s Gulf Coast. The string ensembles of the university’s Bower School of Music.

The 2022 festival season will open with pianist John Nakamatsu on March 5.

“Since winning the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, Mr. Nakamatsu has toured year-round with today’s greatest conductors and orchestras. said Sue Pick, festival board member and chair of the music committee. “Furthermore, he is artist-in-residence in the very selective Chautauqua piano program. We are thrilled to start our season this week with this top performer.

“The program will focus on Chopin and Schubert”, she added.

The concert is sponsored by Janet and Joseph Davie and Gene and Lee Seidler.

The remaining season schedule is as follows:

– March 8: American Chamber Players Piano Trio plus Flute, conducted by Miles Hoffman

– March 12: Boston Trio

– March 15: Members of the Juilliard String Quartet, with guest pianist Anna Polansky

– March 19: Pianist Ken Broberg

– March 22: “Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber – Singing and Performing Superstar” by Opera Theater of Connecticut

– March 26: Emerson String Quartet

For the Emerging Artist Series, the ensembles will be led by Dr. Kyle Szabo.

All concerts will be held at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. The festival complies with church policy requiring masks for indoor events.

For more information or tickets, visit or call 239-344-7025; visit Bank of the Islands, at 1699 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel; mail Sanibel Music Festival, PO Box 1623, Sanibel, FL 33957; or visit the box office half an hour before a performance. The Emerging Artist Series is free, with donations accepted online or in person; however, pre-register online to reserve a spot in advance.

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