Creating Community Through Music: New Music & Arts Community Center Opens in Fort Myers


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Back to Where He Once Belonged

August 7, 2020

Many of us pass through life leaving behind parts of our childhood, only to find them again decades later. That’s just what the Gulf Coast Symphony’s timpanist Gary Colston discovered, and he’s not looked back since.

Gary was born in Logan, West Virginia, the area home to the legendary Hatfields and the McCoys.

He started playing percussion in junior high school, following in the footsteps of his older brother Ken. As such, he got into music at a relatively older age of 13 or 14.

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Symphony At Home: Madama Butterfly

August 7, 2020

A beautiful, fully-staged production, co-produced by the Gulf Coast Symphony and Gulfshore Opera. Madama Butterfly tells the heartbreaking story of an innocent young geisha who gives up everything to be with an American Naval officer. Filled with Puccini’s most expansive melodies, Madama Butterfly is at the top of a very short list of most performed and best loved operas of all time.

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Ensure the Future of your Gulf Coast Symphony

The Gulf Coast Symphony has always been proud of our community-centric focus, our mission to Create Community Through Music, and our commitment to stand together with our neighbors in good times and in bad. Our music making, and community building, is the hallmark of our 25 years. Nothing could have prepared us for today. A global health crisis so severe, so sudden, and so deadly, that it threatens not just our lives, but the existence of this great organization.


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In 2015 Gulf Coast Symphony created MusicWorks!, an El Sistema-inspired after-school program. It was pioneered at The Heights Center in Harlem Heights. MusicWorks! provides daily music 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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