Musician Spotlight

  • The Musical Man

    December 3, 2022

    He started as a little kid playing with marionettes at home in Appalachia and then sang and danced his way across America to Broadway. Today, he writes, choreographs and directs musical theatre. DJ Salisbury fearfully backed out of his first audition for a role in a show after he arrived at the theater. He was all …

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  • Piano Man

    March 30, 2022

    Award-winning concert pianist Brian Lin joins the Gulf Coast Symphony for a concerto by Mozart, 14 years after performing with us as a 16-year-old keyboard phenom Brian Yuebing Lin was born in Wuhan, China, though about a month after his birth, the family moved to the city of Shenzhen, where Brian grew up and where …

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  • Jazz Messenger

    March 10, 2021

    Drummer Paul Gavin is Director of the freshly minted Gulf Coast Jazz Collective that is performing regularly at the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Music and Arts Community Center. Here is his story.

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  • Redemption

    October 2, 2020

    As a young session musician in his hometown of Philadelphia, John Wadsworth had it all – the buzz, the money, the cars, the homes and a nice little family. But the jazz and rock life takes its toll on the soul, often leading talented musicians to fall over the edge. John’s journey took him to the point of no return, only he didn’t like what he saw and came back.

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  • And the Twain Shall Meet

    September 13, 2020

    Retirement is what you make it. Many of us see it as a foreboding beginning of the end. Others, such as Gulf Coast Symphony French horn player Susan Oliver, use retirement to capitalize on opportunities they did not take before.

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