Listening, Learning and Liturgy Take Place at Bower Chapel

Moorings Park's Bower Chapel, donated by Edwin Bower, provides ecumenical services and religious studies and is a focal point of our continuing care retirement community. Dedicated in 2001, the 230-seat Bower Chapel celebrates the marriage of spirituality, architecture and music into one glorious setting.

With a belief that successful aging is more than good health and economic security, Moorings Park's Bower Chapel provides a venue that enables our residents to grow both mentally and spiritually.

Our pipe organ is the piéce de résistance of this gorgeous chapel which ranks among the finest small concert halls in the country. Designed and fabricated by Taylor & Boody, the organ is comprised of 1,902 pipes nestled within cherry, poplar, white pine, white oak, western red cedar, hard maple and walnut woods.

Beyond our non-denominational Sunday services, the chapel also serves as an elegant backdrop for Bower Chapel Concert Series, lectures and other community gatherings.

  • Bower Chapel's Pipe Organ
  • Friends at Bower Chapel

This Season's Concert Series at Bower Chapel

Bower Chapel events are open to residents and members of Moorings Park. Below is a sampling of events you'll find each year at Bower Chapel.

British Organist Simon Thomas Jacobs

Prize-winning young British organist Simon Thomas Jacobs has chosen a program especially for the Bower Chapel organ: music written from the 16th to the 20th centuries, including works by Buxtehude (Bach’s mentor and hero), Sweelinck, Peter Philips, and others. He’ll conclude with Bach’s great Prelude and Fugue in D major with its mischievous fugue subject and rollicking pedal solos. At the St. Al- bans International Organ Competition, Jacobs won both the First prize and the Audience Prize. This engaging young man will deliver a musical performance worth your while.

Christmas Carol Concert

Experience the true meaning of Christmas through the magnificent English choral tradition. The celebrated choir of Trinity-by-the-Cove, Naples, sings favorite carols, ancient and modern, accompanied by flute, harp, piano and organ. Included are Pat-a-pan; The Boar’s Head carol; We wish you a merry Christmas, No room at the Inn, the Wassail carol, Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella, and others. A carol sing-along concludes this popular concert. Don’t wait too long to get your tickets.

Pianist Paul Bisaccia: "An American in Paris"

Bisaccia made his European debut at the age of 17, and has performed on four continents. He is a prolific recording artist and a versatile performer of both classical and popular music. He will take you and our beautiful Hamburg Steinway grand on a musical trip to Paris, with the help of some of America’s greatest composers: George Gershwin, Eubie Blake, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin.

Peter & Will Anderson: Jazz Trio

The New York Times wrote of brothers Peter and Will Anderson: “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone.” The brothers write, “We feature American songbook, Brazilian Bossa Nova, classical adaptations and original pieces. We perform fresh arrangements with improvisation of timeless classic songs. Our repertoire includes Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine, Gershwin’s It Ain’t Necessarily So, Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust, and Georgia on my Mind.” These brilliant young fellows both attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York. This should be quite a concert.

Bluegrass Central

Bluegrass Central is a local band which has played all over southwest Florida for many years. They play not only Bluegrass, but (for those of you who know the genres) also Texas Swing, Classic Country, and Americana. Personnel: Scott Ritter, guitar and vocals; Karen Batten, five-string banjo and vocals; Pat Morrison, upright bass; Linda Kallinger, fiddle and vocals. This is a chance to hear authentic bluegrass, not a watered-down commercial version of it.

The Purest Form of Music: The String Quartet

Haydn’s “Lark” Quartet, and Barber’s “Adagio” for strings performed by players from the Naples Phil- harmonic, led by John Marcy, cellist. The concert will open with a mini-concert by very young violinists from the Naples Music Club’s MusicScores! program, led by Judith Evans. The program is based on brain research which indicates that playing the violin before the age of five helps make connections between the left and right brain, enabling children to reach their academic potential. To hear first the wee ones play their little violins and immediately afterward the Philharmonic professionals may reveal a new perspective on music lessons.

The Cathedra Chamber Choir: "In Full Bloom"

Michael McCarthy leads this professional chamber choir in a beautiful choral (and floral) program, including Lay a Garland by Robert Pearsall; With a Lily in your Hand and Go, Lovely Rose, by Eric Whitacre; and Hymn to Saint Cecilia, by Benjamin Britten. McCarthy is director of music at the Washington National Cathedral. He is known for his bold and vivid interpretations of favorite choral works. Hearing this world-class choral ensemble in the perfect acoustics of Bower Chapel is a rare opportunity.

Clarinet, Viola and Piano: Mozart, Schumann and Bartok

Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra for 39 seasons, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant… with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” Mr. Cohen’s professional music career was launched when Leopold Stokowski chose him to be Principal Clarinet of the American Symphony Orchestra. He will collaborate with two outstanding musicians who now live in Florida: Milana Strezeva, piano, a founding member of the Manhattan Trio; and Michael Klotz, viola and violin, who made his solo debut with the Rochester Symphony at the age of 17, and is a member of the Amernet String Quartet. The pièce de résistance of the concert will be Contrasts by Bela Bartok, which the composer dedicated to Benny Goodman, “the greatest clarinetist of all time”, according to Franklin Cohen.

Patriotic Celebration

Bugle, bagpipes, flags, patriotic songs and readings are featured in this moving tribute to our nation and to those in our Armed Forces, past and present. The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers offer choral numbers, including Peter Wilhousky’s stirring arrangement of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Wilfred Owens’s poem, In Flanders Fields, will be read, followed by the playing of TAPS. We will all sing the service songs of the five branches of our military, plus You’re a Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Irving Berlin’s God Bless America.