• Symphony At Home: Space—The Final Frontier

    July 3, 2020

    The Gulf Coast Symphony celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with clips of the historic landing that displayed man’s ingenuity and resolve. We were honored to have Joel Banow join us as Master of Ceremonies. Banow directed the CBS television broadcast of the Lunar landing on July 20, 1969. The program featured music that celebrates space in cinema, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30), Star Trek, Apollo 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Holst’s The Planets.

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  • Message from Maestro Kurtz

    June 25, 2020

    While this year has been difficult, the Gulf Coast Symphony is poised to resume making music in person as soon as it is safely possible. We look forward to the many educational and community engagement activities we host throughout Southwest Florida.

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  • Is There a Doctor in the House?

    June 19, 2020

    Well, the Gulf Coast Symphony Has Jake Goldberger on Clarinet!

    What is it with doctors playing in community orchestras? Across America, healthcare professionals help form the core of many volunteer ensembles. Big cities such as Los Angeles and New York City have doctor orchestras. There’s even a World Doctors Orchestra.

    The Gulf Coast Symphony, too, counts an array of active and retired healthcare professionals at its heart.

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  • Symphony At Home: Cirque de la Symphonie

    June 19, 2020

    The magic of cirque comes to the concert hall! The most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen–perform to classical masterpieces and music of the Silver Screen.

    Originally performed April 2019

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  • A Prodigal Daughter Returns

    June 12, 2020

    Community orchestras such as the Gulf Coast Symphony have musicians from many backgrounds and careers, unlike professional groups, whose players tread a well-worn path to a life’s work in music.

    Flutist and piccolo player Sherrie Mangan isn’t the product of a music school. She chose a career articulating financial software in business administration. And as with many of us non-pros, she ceased playing music while building a career and a family.

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