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Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform at Hanukkah celebration in Punta Gorda

November 30, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform holiday favorites celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. The performance takes place at Temple Shalom, located at 23190 Utica Avenue in Punta Gorda. This performance is being held in conjunction with Temple Shalom's communitywide Hanukkah celebration.

In addition to the Youth Orchestra's appearance, families of all faiths are invited to participate in lighting the menorah, the traditional candelabra used during Hanukkah, and to enjoy traditional latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and gelt (chocolate coins). This event is free and open to the public.

No reservations or advanced registration is required.

Originally called the Palm Coast Youth Symphony, The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1988. It was an organization that afforded young people in the greater Fort Myers area the opportunity to learn and perform great classical music with a diverse group of students hailing from schools throughout Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. In 1999, the Palm Coast Youth Symphony merged with the Southwest Florida Symphony and continues today as part of the Symphony's family of affiliates. The Southwest Florida Symphony's Youth Orchestra's mission is to provide the opportunity for individual growth of musically talented youth through training and performance of the highest quality orchestral literature, to develop pride and self-esteem in young people from all cultural backgrounds through individual musical achievement, to instill values and discipline through musical experiences that can be carried through life, and to perpetuate support of professional classical music by enriching local culture and by providing future musicians and audience members for major orchestras.

For more information, call The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Office at 239-418-0996 or Temple Shalom at 941-625-2116.



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