There is nothing quite like the sound of live string music. No matter how many times you listen to the strings on a recording, it just doesn’t touch the experience of listening to strings live. When listening live, the vibration of the strings sends an energy through the air. It is almost electric. It creates a response in your body that is indescribable until you experience it.


The Bergonzi Quartet will play at Live! at the Promenade on Feb. 8

 I was a child the first time I went to a live string performance and I was hooked. The emotion of the music pulls and tugs at your body as you sit in your seat. No matter how many times I listen to a recording on a CD, it just doesn’t compare to that live experience.

     This coming Tuesday, a cultural jewel in the form of a string quartet will visit Bonita Springs. The Bergonzi Quartet will play at Live! at the Promenade on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The Bergonzi String Quartet, named for the illustrious violin maker Carlo Bergonzi, celebrates its 11th anniversary as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Miami. Recognized as one of Florida’s cultural gems, the Quartet has also held the same position with Festival Miami and a visiting quartet at the prestigious Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. The Quartet regularly tours North America and has begun a series of recordings of the Mendelssohn chamber works for strings. Many will recognize violinist and concert master Glen Basham of the Naples Philharmonic.

Tickets to the Bergonzi Quartet performance are $30 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and $35 for non-members.

     The Bergonzi Quartet is just one of many performances that will come to Live! at the Promenade, the performance series offered by The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in conjunction with The Promenade at Bonita Bay.

     The indoor performance space at The Promenade is equipped with a stage and lighting as well as comfortable chairs and tables. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres accompany each performance.

     On Feb. 10 Flute Loops will present “Flute Cocktail.” Audiences will discover all types of flutes from around the world with this group of flutists. They will have bass, alto and soprano flutes, piccolos, penny whistles, recorders and more.

Rebecca Richardson
Rebecca Richardson

     On Feb. 24 the Bonita Bay Singers will present an evening of song. This large choral group performs pop, Broadway, patriotic and other varieties of music.

The Live! series continues throughout the year with dance, music and theater performances of all types. Information and a full brochure of performances is available online at, by calling 495-8989 or at the Center for the Arts 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Fl.


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