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Q & A with Doug LaBreque

April 11, 2017

Doug LaBreque has created a prestigious touring career singing around the world with symphony orchestras. A dear friend to Gulf Coast Symphony, Doug was in our concert, From Hollywood to Broadway. We asked him a few questions about touring, music, and why he loves Southwest Florida (hint: he doesn't miss tee time!)

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Performer Spotlight: Rachel York

April 7, 2017

Rachel York has a voice that is warm an inviting, and comes alive with great cheeriness even on a particularly miserable day in New York City. The award-winning actress may have several Broadway shows and Hollywood movies under her belt, but she still has to face the eternal annoyance of city traffic (Stars—They’re Just Like Us!) “It literally is a rat race [in New York],” she says. “They came up with that term, I think, because you constantly feel like you’re on one of those little wheels in a cage.” York, a Florida native, is excited to be coming back to where she grew up, “Because it’s my home…anytime I’m in Florida, I just relax.” Lately, York has been traveling around the country performing with symphonies and solo concerts, which allow her more flexibility, and require less time away from her daughter.

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musicworks

The Gulf Coast Symphony has created MusicWorks!, an El Sistema-inspired after-school program embedded in a larger, pre-existing program called School Success at The Heights Center in Harlem Heights. MusicWorks! provides string instruction Monday through Friday, totaling 7.5 hours per week during the school year. This program offers an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music.

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Announcing our 2018 season

A TRIBUTE TO ELLA

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018

A program honoring the “First Lady of Song” with Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas, and Metropolitan Opera star Harolyn Blackwell.

OKLAHOMA!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018

The 75th anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration! Gulf Coast Symphony and Broadway Palm Dinner Theater again collaborate to present a Great American Musical.

Rock On!

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

A journey back to rock and pop hits of the 70’s and 80’s with Broadway artists Rob Evan, LaKisha Jones, and Chloe Lowery.

WEST SIDE STORY TO WICKED: CALLAWAYS ON BROADWAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

This dynamic sister duo proves they’re one singular sensation, singing showstoppers from “West Side Story,” “Chicago,” “Funny Girl,” “Cats,” “Carousel,” “Wicked” and more.

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