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21/22 Season

Welcome to the highly anticipated 21/22 Season! Punta Gorda Symphony returns to a glorious 70-musician orchestra for Mainstage concerts, and Maestro Ponti is programming for a lush and exciting return to the concert hall. After the success of last year’s outdoor concerts, PGSymphony presents a new Outdoor Chamber Series featuring Woodwinds, Strings, and Brass ensembles at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, Florida Southwestern State College Charlotte Campus, and Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda. Our season finale concert Get Happy! Joan Ellison Sings Judy Garland on April 24 will be at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center with a festive after-party celebration.


November 21, 2021 | 7:30PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

GIUSEPPE VERDI  |  La forza del destino: Overture
PAUL CRESTON  |  Concertino for Marimba & Orchestra
Dean Anderson, marimba
ARTURO MÁRQUEZ  |  Danzón No.2
TCHAIKOVSKY  |  Symphony No.2

December 19, 2021 | 2PM, 7:30PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda


Delight in the wonder of the holiday season with Punta Gorda Symphony for a jolly celebration. Full program TBD.

January 16, 2022 | 7:30PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

BARBER  |  Essay No.1
DVOŘÁK  |  Violin Concerto in A minor
Sirena Huang, violin
JENNIFER HIGDON  |  To the Point

February 6, 2022 | 7:30PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

FLORENCE PRICE  |  Dances in the Canebrakes
AARON COPLAND  |  Appalachian Spring
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  |  Scheherazade

March 6, 2022 | 7:30PM

Charlotte Performing Arts Center
701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda

GIOACHINO ROSSINI  |  L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture
SAMUEL JONES  |  Elegy  
HOWARD HANSON  |  Pan and the Priest
GEORGE WALKER  |  Lyric for Strings
STRAVINSKY  |  The Firebird

April 24, 2022 | 7:30PM

*Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda

Joan Ellison, soprano

Celebrate the season finale and Judy Garland’s 100th birthday to the lush original orchestrations of Get Happy, Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, and other popular songs! After-party included.


December 5, 2021 | 1PM, 4PM

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens
5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda

Woodwind Quintet, program TBD.

Florida Southwestern State College
Charlotte Campus, Building O Lawn
26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda

String Quartet, program TBD.

March 27, 2022 | 4PM

Laishley Park
120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda

Brass Quintet, program TBD.



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Ticketing Terms and Conditions

The 21/22 Mainstage Subscription renewal period has ended. All subscribers up for renewal were contacted by mail, phone, and email. If you did not renew your 21/22 Season Subscription by September 24, 2022, your subscription and subscription seating was released. For questions, contact our office at 941-205-5996. All subscription and ticket funds from the canceled 20/21 season were placed on account and may be applied this year. Total funds on account have been noted on 21/22 Season Subscription renewal forms sent via mail. Some or all of your on-account funds may be applied to concerts in the 21/22 season or converted to a donation. Partial or full refunds will be honored if requested. Please consider donating what you can. Your charity is as important now as ever.

About the 2021/22 Season

This highly anticipated season offers a long-awaited return to normal concert operations, featuring six mainstage concerts, three outdoor chamber ensembles, renowned guest artists, and revered symphonic works that will be music to the ears of Southwest Floridians eager for live concert experiences inside and outside the concert hall.

The season will feature well-known titles by Copland, Dvořák, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, and will showcase the music of three women: living composer and Grammy award-winner Jennifer Higdon, the legendary Judy Garland, and Florence Price – the groundbreaking composer who was the first African American to have a composition played by a major orchestra.

Other trailblazers featured this season include living Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, from which audiences will hear a revival of the Cuban-derived danzón popular in Mexican dance halls in the 90’s, and African-American composer George Walker, one of America’s most honored composers, whose works have been performed by every major orchestra in the country, and who was the first African-American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music. Additional programming highlights include Paul McCartney’s “Spiral” on the March 6, 2022 concert.

Among the guest artists, audiences will see this season, two are women: violinist Sirena Huang, first-place prize winner of the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, and soprano Joan Ellison, Judy Garland’s connoisseur praised by Michael Feinstein for her “vocal prowess….[and] organic grasp of the classic songs.”

The virtuosity of Punta Gorda Symphony’s own musicians will also be on full display as Principal Percussion Dean Anderson performs as a featured soloist for Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra on November 21, 2021, and Concertmaster Ming Gao is featured in Scheherazade on the February 6, 2022 program.

For press inquiries contact Craig Badinger at 941-205-5996 x4 or craig@PGSymphony.org.

Health and Safety

Your health and safety are a top priority as our community continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the latest guidelines and requirements for indoor events set by concert venues, and by local and state health officials. As of October 15, 2021, we are selling subscriptions and single tickets in a full-capacity, non-socially distanced format. Punta Gorda Symphony continues to recommend the wearing of face masks at indoor settings, and will provide face masks and hand-sanitizing stations to reduce the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19.

We acknowledge that pandemic conditions can change rapidly; other safety mandates may be implemented for indoor attendance including, potentially, the required use of facial coverings. All requirements before and during your attendance will be strictly enforced for the health and safety of you, your fellow patrons, our musicians, and symphony staff. Should we be unable to accommodate a full-capacity, non-socially distanced model of seating indoors, we are holding a suitable outdoor venue as a contingency plan to still present the full orchestra and sell a full audience of tickets!

Assumption of Risk

Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to be spread mainly from person-to-person contact, Punta Gorda Symphony has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Punta Gorda Symphony events. However, Punta Gorda Symphony cannot guarantee that its employees, officers, directors, musicians, independent contractors, patrons, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19. By attending this event, you agree to assume all risk and responsibility associated with potential exposure to COVID-19 at a Punta Gorda Symphony event. 


An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that may result in personal injury, severe illness, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and persons with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Please visit the CDC website for its current guidance on people at increased risk for severe illness and other people who should take extra precautions. By attending a performance of Punta Gorda Symphony, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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