Estero Entertainment: We Have an Abundance of Choices!
For many years Estero residents have asked for an increase in local events, such as music concerts (classical, popular, and modern), theatrical events, and other forms of local entertainment. Look no more! There is something for everyone from Disney to Don Giovanni, from the Harlem Globetrotters to Handel!
by Allan Bowditch, Engage Estero’s Chief Communications Officer
If you haven’t visited The Hertz Arena recently, checked out Gulfshore Opera’s range of concerts, or FGCU’s Bower School of Music’s U. Tobe Recital Hall performances, you have missed an enjoyable season of events. But do not despair. A rich program of music and concerts is still to come during the next few months.
|Hertz Arena Estero|
|March 16 -19||Disney on Ice: Into the Magic|
|April 13||Casting Crowns: The Healer Tour|
|April 27||The Harlem Globetrotters|
|April 30||Anuel- Legends Never Die|
|May 6||Old Dominion: No Bad Vibes Tour|
|May 26||Brit Floyd: Pink Floyd Tribute|
|For the full program and tickets, click
The Gulfshore Opera’s Upcoming Events Are:
|March 14th-15th||Songs of Ireland: Go Divas|
|March 28th-31st||Around the World in Song|
|April 12th||Progressive Happy Hour|
|April 21st-30th||Don Giovanni|
|May 7th||Latin Infusion|
|For the full program and tickets, click
FGCU’s Bower School of Music and the Arts
FGCU’s Bower School of Music and the Arts is well into its 2022/23 extensive program of special events featuring plays, jazz, orchestral and choral performances, and other musical events, but with much more to come! There is so much to experience during the 2022-2023 artistic season. Check out the program at https://www.fgcu.edu/concerts/
As a regular visitor to many of the events held at the state-of-the-art U. Tobe Recital Hall, there have been many world-class performances from visiting musicians as well as the students themselves. For example
- In the Nisita Concert Series
- James Houlik (saxophone) is a critically acclaimed world leader among saxophonists
- Liza Stepanova (piano) has played at Carnegie Hall and many other prestigious events. She has won many awards, not least in 2020 Musical America Worldwide’s “New Artist of the Month.”
- The Piano Recitals from the school’s senior students have been so impressive. Jair Zacarias took on the highly complex pieces from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Liszt, while Michelle Wijaya impressed with her sensitive playing of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.
The impact on the students is immense, given that Bower Schools Dr. Michael Baron, Distinguished Professor, who is not only recognized by many as one of the world’s leading piano teachers, but is also an internationally renowned award-winning pianist himself! Moreover, Priscila Navarro, a past student of the Bower School and now one of the world’s top pianists, has been spending time providing additional guidance to students at the University.
Michelle Wijaya, Jair Zacarias, Arturo Fernandez and Cesar Perez were selected to play at the Naples Bower Chapel on March 12th. All four have won several important competitions and have performed in many parts of the world to critical acclaim. Jair Zacarias and Arturo Fernandez have also been chosen as one of five two-piano teams nationwide to compete in the Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano finals. They will compete at the Music Teachers National Association national convention in March in Reno, Nevada. Senior Music’s Natalia Mondragon and Miguel Montalvan were recently featured on the Facebook page of the Music Conservatory in Trujillo, Peru, where some of the Bower School of Music students had their early training.
But there are many others across all areas of the Bower School’s focus such as the Orchestra, Choral, Jazz, Theater and Ensembles that have also attained state, national or international recognition.
Read more about other accomplishments at the school https://www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsma/files/First-Friday-News-Febraury-23.pdf
|The Bower School of Music and the Arts|
|Fri. March 17th 7 30pm||Wind Orchestra||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Sun March 19th 3 pm||Ming Gao Violin and Michael Baron piano (Nisita Concert Series) (Tickets $10)||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|March 23rd – 24th||Juried Exhibition – up to 70 works of art demonstrating students’ accomplishments||Wasmer Art Gallery|
|Sat March 25th 7 30 pm||Piano Ensemble||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Sun April 2nd 3pm||Baron and Navarro Piano Duo
(Nisita Concert Series) (Tickets $10)
|U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Tues April 11th 7 30 pm||Wind Chamber Ensembles||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Wed April 12th 7 30 pm||Percussion Chamber Ensembles||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Thur April 13th 7 30pm||String Chamber Ensembles||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|April 14th -23rd||HAMLET by William Shakespeare (Tickets $10)||Theatrelab in the Arts Complex|
|Sun April 16th 4 pm||Symphony Orchestra with Chamber & University Choirs||First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs|
|Tues April 18th 7 30pm||Symphonic Band (Green Band)||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Sat April 22nd 7 30pm||Jazz Ensemble||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Sun April 23rd 3 pm||J. Michael Weiss-Holmes alto saxophone. Casey Dierlam TSE Piano (Nisitia Concert Series) (tickets $10)||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|Tues April 25th 4 pm||Chamber Choir||Bower Chapel Moorings Park Naples|
|Thurs April 27th 7 30pm||Symphonic Band (Blue Band)||North Fort Myers High School Orange Grove Blvd North Fort Myers|
|Fri April 28th 7 30 pm||Bel Canto & Cantabile||U. Tobe Recital Hall|
|FGCU Storytelling is at Wasmer Art Gallery 6 pm-7 pm; for tickets and details, visit
We encourage you to attend as many events as possible to support the efforts of all those engaged in bringing you more entertainment to greater Estero and the surrounding area. Engage Estero publishes a montly list of highlight events in Estero. Click here to subscribe.
Engage Estero is an all-volunteer, nonpolitical, nonprofit Community Engagement Association. We exist to inform citizens of significant community issues and encourage citizen engagement to favorably impact the quality of life in greater Estero.