Francis A. Lonsway
To provide world-class music for audiences in Southwest Florida; and to educate, encourage, and promote the appreciation and enjoyment of classical music.
Founded in 1995, Classic Chamber Concerts’ opening season presented six concerts; the number grew to more than two dozen a decade later. The featured ensemble was the Philadelphia Piano Quartet and guest artists. The musicians of the Quartet were founder Bert Phillips, with a thirty-year career as cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; co-founder Toby Blumenthal, an internationally acclaimed pianist; Norman Carol, Concert Master of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and LaMar Alsop, violist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
In the mid-1990’s, Classic Chamber Concerts initiated a Concerts in the Schools program, along with concerts featuring emerging and rising stars. In 2001, the Famous String Quartets series began with debut performances by the Tokyo String Quartet, The Emerson Quartet, The Guarneri String Quartet, The Ahn Trio, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Time for Three.
Bert Phillips died in the fall of 2008 and an annual scholarship was established in his honor. Toby Blumenthal retired the following year and William Noll appointed Artistic Director, a role he held for more than a decade.
Classic Chamber Concerts welcomed Michael Finn as Artistic Director in its 2018-2019 season. Please click here to learn more.