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Adult Enrichment

Behind the Notes

For the 20/21 season, Maestro Ponti’s popular Behind the Notes lecture series will be live-streamed online and made available free of charge to all patrons. Ponti will host and interview audience-favorite guest artists and Punta Gorda Symphony musicians alike, ending with a question-and-answer session. Over the series, audiences will revisit the following artists on the respective dates. Pre-registration is not required.

PGSymphony principal percussionist Dean Anderson

November 20, 2020 Recording – Principal Percussionist Dean Anderson

As an act of encouragement, please consider making a charitable gift to help us continue with this free programming. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Thank you!

PGSymphony harpist Richard “Dickie” Fleisher

December 4, 2020 | 4:00PM | Virtual – Zoom

*Pre-registration is not required*

Violinist David Kim

January 22, 2021| 4:00PM | Virtual – Zoom

*Pre-registration is not required*

PGSymphony principal bassist Laurence Glazener

February 26, 2021 | 4:00PM | Virtual – Zoom

*Pre-registration is not required*

Grammy Award–winning Composer Kenneth Fuchs

March 19, 2021 | 4:00PM | Virtual – Zoom

*Pre-registration is not required*

Guest Artist TBD

April 9, 2021 | Virtual – Zoom

*Pre-registration is not required*


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 Goes Virtual

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


VOLUNTEER

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.

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.


HIRE A CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

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.