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Adult Enrichment

Behind the Notes

For the 20/21 season, Maestro Ponti’s popular Behind the Notes lecture series was live-streamed online and made available free of charge to all patrons. See the on-demand recordings below.

20/21 Behind the Notes Recordings

April 9, 2021 Recording – Terrence Wilson
February 26, 2021 Recording – Larry Glazener
December 4, 2020 Recording – Richard “Dickie Fleisher
March 19, 2021 Recording – Kenneth Fuchs
January 22, 2021 Recording – David Kim
November 20, 2020 Recording – Dean Anderson

Medical Grand Rounds

Activities are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. Founded and coordinated by local neurologist Dr. Ramon A. Gil, Medical Grand Rounds is an innovative lecture series on the intersection of medicine and music, held as a Saturday luncheon to benefit the Punta Gorda Symphony.

Sponsored in part by local doctors, medical practices, and the medical industry, recent speakers have included a jazz pianist who finds inspiration in genetic exploration, and a specialist who illustrates the concept of neurofeedback by drawing an analogy between the human brain and an orchestra.

Stay tuned to PGSymphony email and social media for scheduling of these three annual lectures, or visit our calendar. Medical Grand Rounds lectures are $50/person, and include cocktails and lunch.

Youth Education

Link Up Young People’s Concert

Charlotte County third-graders playing recorder in the 2020 Link Up concert.

Activities are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. In partnership with Carnegie Hall and its Link Up curriculum, Punta Gorda Symphony creates an interactive concert experience with 1,200 third-graders from all Charlotte County schools, both public and private. 

Over the course of five months, teachers lead students through the Carnegie Hall Link Up curriculum, teaching them how to read and follow music, how to play a melody on the recorder, how to work together as fellow musicians, and how to play as an orchestra, among other skills. The 2020 curriculum, “The Orchestra Swings,” also introduced the nuances of swing rhythm and the distinctions between symphonic and jazz music.

The orchestra can be a mysterious and magical unknown to many children. Afraid of a concert where everyone must sit still, this interactive concert format illustrates that an orchestra performance can be fun and engaging. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and the culminating interactive performance, students discovered how an orchestra performs and what it is like to become part of a performing group. This participatory experience helps children understand classical music, and demystifies the symphony from an aristocratic experience to one within reach of all children and families.

The 2020 Link Up concert was funded in part by Charlotte Community Foundation and the State of Florida – Division of Cultural Affairs.

Hope Academy of Music

Activities are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. Hope Academy of Music lends music instruments to interested students and provides weekly group instruction in after-school classes at participating schools in Charlotte County. Founded in 2015, Punta Gorda Symphony adopted the program in the fall of 2019 and began overseeing operations and administration. Hope Academy of Music is funded by a grant from the State of Florida – Division of Cultural Affairs.

Summer Music Camp

Maestro Raffaele Ponti gets an ear-full at our 2019 Summer Music Camp.

Punta Gorda Symphony is unable to host Summer Music Camp for 2021. We hope to continue camp next year as more activities resume back to normal. Stay tuned by joining our email list at www.PGSymphony.org/join for the most current information and news.

Punta Gorda Symphony, in coordination with Hope Academy of Music, announced open registration for its Virtual Music Camp, running from July 13 to 31, 2020.

Considering the concerns about COVID-19 infection rates, PGSymphony chose to exercise caution through the summer as relates to public gatherings. In place of its normal two-week in-person camp, PGSymphony provided online music instruction in small groups to interested youth. Registration to Virtual Music Camp was open to all Grade 4-12 beginner, intermediate, and advanced students with access to the internet.

Under regular circumstances, we host our popular Summer Music Camp at the Punta Gorda Middle School in collaboration with Charlotte Players, for students in grades 1-12 from area schools. Youth from beginner to advanced learn to play an instrument and enjoy classes in music theory, ensemble, chorus, and rhythm and movement. Registration is open to all students in Charlotte County, regardless of economic circumstances. Historically, between 10-15% of campers receive full scholarships, funded by the generosity of local residents and community organizations.



Punta Gorda Symphony Friends is our volunteer affiliate group that organizes social and volunteer activities to benefit, promote, and serve the PGSymphony while providing friendship through a common interest. They play a vital role in the lobby at all performances, behind the scenes with administrative projects, and in organizing regular annual activities to benefit the PGSymphony.

Help create the fun with a first-time Symphony Friends membership of $50, and annual renewals of only $35. Check our calendar for upcoming events. Join by calling the office at 941-205-5996 or emailing anne@PGSymphony.org.

Composers Luncheon

Activities are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. Symphony Friends presents an enlightening introduction to the composers featured in the Punta Gorda Symphony concert programs. Composers Luncheons are planned for the first Thursday of the month November through March. The cost of $15 includes lunch with a glass of wine and a contribution to the Punta Gorda Symphony. Pre-register by calling the office at 941-205-5996.


PGSymphony String Trio Performs at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens.

Punta Gorda Symphony Chamber Ensembles are now available for hire!

You can be the one to bring quality live music to the events in your life. Contact us for information on booking strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Available for civic, business, and private events across Charlotte County and neighboring communities.

For more information, call 941-205-5996 or email info@PGSymphony.org.

Punta Gorda Symphony is proud to have been part of The Patterson Foundation’s Advancing Mission Thrivability initiative.

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