Behind the Notes
Join us each Friday before mainstage concerts for Maestro Ponti’s ‘Behind the Notes’ program! Behind the Notes features a lively and informative lecture by Maestro Raffaele Livio Ponti and an appearance by a guest musician who will be on stage during the Sunday concert. Topics often include a composer’s artistic themes, distinguishing characteristics of their music, or comparisons of different conductors’ recordings of the same works.
Where: FSW State College Charlotte, Rush Auditorium, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.
When: Every Friday at 4PM before mainstage concerts. View calendar.
Tickets: $25. Reserve tickets online or call the office at 941-205-5996. Walk-ups welcome.
20/21 Behind the Notes Recordings
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.
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.
Link Up Young People’s Concert
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.
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
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.
JOIN THE SYMPHONY FRIENDS
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.
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 $20 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.
Composers Luncheon 21/22 Calendar
January 6, 2022 at 11:30AM
January 27, 2022 at 11:30AM
February 24, 2022 at 11:30AM
April 14, 2022 at 11:30AM
HIRE A CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
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.