• 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 …

    More Info
  • 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 …

    More Info
  • Could This Be the Start of Something Big?

    March 4, 2022

    The Gulf Coast Symphony has entered an era of existential growth, just as Susan Wadsworth has taken over as the quarter-century-old community orchestra’s chairwoman   When Susan Wadsworth joined its board of directors in 2019, the Gulf Coast Symphony had just embarked on a transformational project to position itself as a cultural hub in Florida’s Lee …

    More Info
  • 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.

    More Info
  • A Wise Violinist Does Not Lose Her Way

    January 22, 2021

    Many people believe we are fated to become what we eventually become. In Reiko Niiya’s case, the instrument of fate was the combined will of her mother and aunt, who decided early on that the child would grow up to be a fine violinist.

    More Info
back to top of page