Performer Spotlight

  • Getting Safely on Bass

    October 23, 2020

    Tyler Putnam grew up on Chebeague Island, Me., into a musical family. His father was one of that state’s fabled lobstermen.

    The town of Chebeague Island (pronounced she-big) sits in Casco Bay in what originally was a fishing ground for the Abenaki native Americans. It lies 10 miles northeast of Portland, and according to Wikipedia, had an estimated population of 415 people in 2019.

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  • The Mezzo Plays it Around the Horn

    October 23, 2020

    Operatic mezzo soprano Sarah Nordin grew up in Crystal River, FL. She comes from a musical family, in which her mother Barbara is active in church music and her sister Katey has a lovely voice she reserves for family events, while brother Joe is a rock musician and songwriter.

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  • Q & A with Doug LaBrecque

    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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  • Melissa Errico and Rachel York preparing for From Hollywood to Broadway!

    April 6, 2017

    Even before they travel to Florida, two of our guest singers work on the set list!
    I think I’ll just take a #selfie at symphony#rehearsal while #RachelYork calls the orchestrator about the details of the vocal arrangements. Let the smart redhead #goddess do all the hard work!!! @therachelyork concert April 9th in #florida

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