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2023/24 Season

Welcome to the 2023/24 Season! Our new Artistic / Music Director, Richard Stoelzel, has put together an exciting season of six Masterworks Concerts, featuring works of traditional and modern composers, including Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Gershwin, and John Williams. We’re honored to be presenting four guest artists: Trumpeter Rex Richardson; world-renowned soprano Hannah Celeste Lu; The Gaudi Trio, a classical trio co-founded by Richard Stoelzel; and our own Concertmaster and Principal Violinist, Ming Gao. In addition, three highly accomplished guest conductors will be joining us this season: Miriam Burns; Delta David Gier; and Sean O’Loughlin.

Tickets will be going on sale in early August 2023. Along with our traditional subscription package for all six Masterworks Concerts (at a 10% discount), we’ll be offering a Flex Pack subscription with your choice of four concerts (at a 5% discount). We’ve also added a Family Pack for individual concerts, with four tickets in our regular seating sections at a reduced price to encourage more families to enjoy the magic of the orchestra. Premium and regular seat prices to individual concerts will be the same as last season. If you’re not already on our mailing list, please email us at info@pgsymphony.org to receive notification of when tickets will be on sale.



2023/24 Mainstage Concerts

Following are the dates and highlights of our six Masterworks Concerts, with more works being performed at each concert. All concerts are on Sundays and will begin at 3:30 PM at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.

October 22, 2023:     John Williams Star Wars – A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Richard Stoelzel, Conductor, Punta Gorda Symphony Artistic / Music Director
This concert will feature a Family Fun Day with lobby activities including musical adventure zone, trick-or-treating, costume contest, and more. 

November 12, 2023: Dvořák Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
Richard Stoelzel, Conductor, Punta Gorda Symphony, Artistic / Music Director
Guest Soloist: Rex Richardson, Trumpet

December 3, 2023:   Holiday Spectacular – A Collection of Holiday Favorites
Richard Stoelzel, Conductor, Punta Gorda Symphony, Artistic / Music Director

January 14, 2024:   Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition / Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Miriam Burns, Guest Conductor: The Ohio State University, Director of the Orchestras
Soloist: Ming Gao, Violin

February 18, 2024:   An Evening of Poetry through Music: Mahler Symphony No. 4 / Mozart Symphony No. 29 and “Exsultate, jubilate”
Delta David Gier, Guest Conductor: The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Music Director
Guest Artist: Hannah Celeste Lu, Soprano

March 17, 2024:       Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Sean O’Loughlin, Guest Conductor: Composer, Arranger, and Conductor
Guest Artists: The Gaudi Trio





Premium Seating – $351
Regular Seating – $189

Premium Seating – $247
Regular Seating – $132

Regular Seating – $75

Premium Seating – $65
Regular Seating – $35
Student/Youth Seating – $15



About the 2023/24 Season

This exciting season will feature six Masterworks Concerts, renowned guest artists, our new Artistic / Music Director, Richard Stoelzel, and highly accomplished guest conductors. Masterworks Concerts will begin at 3:30 PM at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, and will feature well-known titles by traditional and modern composers. Our first Masterworks Concert of the season highlights the music of John Williams, including Star Wars and other favorites, and features a Family Fun Day with a musical adventure zone and other activities to encourage children to become young musicians. Next on the program is Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, with guest artist Rex Richardson, who has been hailed as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today.” Richard Stoelzel will conduct our Holiday Spectacular in December 2023, which is sure to delight audiences young and old. The Symphony’s own Ming Gao will be featured as guest soloist in January 2024, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Our guest conductor for that concert, Miriam Burns, has been described as “charismatic” and “simply amazing.” In February 2024, the Symphony will present “An Evening of Poetry through Music,” featuring works by Mahler and Mozart. Soprano Hannah Celeste Lu will be our guest artist, bringing her “pliable, floating voice” to the stage. Our guest conductor that evening will be Delta David Gier, who has been described as a “dynamic voice on the American music scene.” Our final Masterworks Concert of the season will feature George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Also performing will be guest artists The Gaudi Trio, co-founded by Richard Stoelzel, and the first classical trio to bring piano, trumpet, and violin together. Our guest conductor that evening will be Sean O’Loughlin, known as the arranger of the music for “How to Train Your Dragon,” and described as a “rising name in the music world.”

This is a season you won’t want to miss, so be sure to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!

Press inquiries, please call 941-205-5996


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Punta Gorda Symphony office is open by appointment only. For assistance, please email info@PGSymphony.org or call 941-205-5996.

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

2023-2024 Season has been Cancelled.

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