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  • An Opera With a Different Tenor

    August 13, 2020

    Shawn Rieschl Johnson Lands a Lead Role Helping the Gulf Coast Symphony’s New Music and Arts Community Center Take the Stage This is not a story about a promising elementary school musician who develops through high school and university to a career that may or may not be teaching or performing music before finding a home …

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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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  • ‘A Recovering Perfectionist’

    July 24, 2020

    The Gulf Coast Symphony’s Principal Bassist Doni Landefeld Finds a Groove in Florida  While other kids were making a few bucks delivering newspapers or babysitting, the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Principal Double Bassist Doni Landefeld was performing as a high schooler in a professional orchestra and doing paid gigs around town.  And today, besides laying down a mean …

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  • Symphony At Home: Give My Regards to Broadway!

    July 24, 2020

    As part of our continuing commitment to Creating Community Through Music, we’re bringing our concerts to you through our Symphony At Home series!  This weekend we’re pleased to bring you excerpts from our Give My Regards to Broadway performance from summer 2019! About the Show Mark Sanders and Carolann Sanita join the Gulf Coast Symphony for a delightful program of Broadway favorites. From toe-tapping tunes, …

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