Before each Mainstage Concert, Maestro Raffaele Livio Ponti presents an informal talk about the music in the upcoming program to guide audiences through the music they are about to hear. The 30-minute talk offers something for everyone – from the first-time concertgoer to the experienced aficionado. The presentation is open to ticketholders at no additional charge, you may sit in any available seat, and you’ll be inspired to hear the music in an entirely new way.
Behind the Notes
Join us each Friday before Mainstage Concerts for Maestro Ponti’s ‘Behind the Notes’ program, featuring a lively and informative talk by Maestro Raffaele Livio Ponti. Topics often include a composer’s artistic themes, distinguishing characteristics of their music, and comparisons of different conductors’ recordings of the same works, all presented with Maestro’s trademark blend of humor and extensive musical knowledge.
Tickets: Free. No reservation is required.
Where: Punta Gorda Charlotte Library, 401 Shreve St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
When: Every Friday before mainstage concerts at 5 PM. View calendar.
2020/21 Behind the Notes Recordings
For the 2020/21 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
Summer Music Camp
Punta Gorda Symphony returns for our annual Summer Music Camp from June 6-17 in coordination with Charlotte Players Kids Onstage camp.
Registration is open to all Grade 4-12 beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Summer Music Camp is a great way for students to stay social, creative, and engaged with an instrument while having fun!
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.
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, along with musical excerpts performed by Symphony musicians. Composers Luncheons for the 2022/23 season are at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, on the following Thursdays at 11 AM: November 10, 2022; December 8, 2022; January 5, 2023; January 26, 2023; February 23, 2023; and March 23, 2023. The cost of $30 includes a buffet lunch, a glass of wine, a 50/50 draw, a trivia contest, and lots of camaraderie. Pre-register by calling the office at 941-205-5996.
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.