The Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Florida's premier community orchestra presents another of this season's Classical Access Concerts on Saturday evening, January 8. This program features performances of Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto featuring soloist Dr. Jonathan Daitch and Shostakovich Symphony No. 6.
This concert takes place at the acoustically pleasant Anderson Theater at Bishop Verot High School (5598 Sunrise Drive) at 7:30 p.m. Ample free parking is available. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children under 17 are admitted free. Tickets are available online at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org, by calling 239-277-1700 or at the Anderson Theater Box Office one hour prior to the performance. This concert is sponsored in part by Advanced Pain Management and Spine Specialists.
Fort Myers interventional pain management physician and classically trained concert violinist Dr. Jonathan Daitch has been playing violin since the age of 6, having studied with Steven Wolosonovich. He spent summers at Juilliard Summer Strings Camp in Meadowmount, N.J., and received a scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in 1981. He has performed the Beethoven, Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with orchestras during his career. He is an active chamber musician and been the Gulf Coast Symphony's Concertmaster for a total of eight years. Trained as an anesthesiologist, he works as a full-time Interventional Pain Physician in Fort Myers. He serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
The Gulf Coast Symphony's Classical Access Concerts are designed for the audience to become active listeners during the evening's program. Prior to each piece, Music Director Andrew Kurtz will discuss the musical selection and demonstrate, using orchestral excerpts, various elements that make the evening's program unique. Highly interactive, the evening's concert is both entertaining and educational. The informal and casual atmosphere of these concerts only enhances the concertgoer's experience. Following the concert, the conductor will hold a question and answer session with interested audience members or detailed program notes can be found at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org.
The Gulf Coast Symphony is Southwest Florida's premier community orchestra.. Its sixteenth season features its highly popular Symphonic Sensations Concert Series at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (The Great Gershwin on January 30; Frank Sinatra & Mario Lanza II on February 20; and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends on March 12; Lerner & Loewe's Greatest Hits on April 10), Classical Access Concerts at Bishop Verot's Anderson Theater (Jan and May) and Big Arts on Sanibel (December), outdoor pops concerts at Estero Park (April) and Cape Coral's Four Freedoms Park (February), a Magic Carpet Youth Concert on October 31 and a touring production of Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf.
The Gulf Coast Symphony sponsors a comprehensive arts education program, Musical Gateways, dedicated to providing ongoing educational opportunities for adult and youth alike, that includes in depth artist residences for its partner schools and the entire community. The Gulf Coast Symphony rehearses weekly from October through May. For more information on orchestra membership call the Gulf Coast Symphony office at 277-1700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gulf Coast Symphony's music director and founder is Andrew Kurtz. He is also the general and artistic director of the Center City Opera Theater of Philadelphia. He is the international tour conductor of Cantors: A Faith In Song, featuring three of the world's leading Cantors performing an evening of popular and religious Jewish songs.
Kurtz has gained a national reputation as an advocate of new work and will lead a number of world premiere performances with the Center City Opera Theater this season.
He is the 2007 recipient of the Lee County Angel of the Arts Performing Artist of the Year and the winner of the 2010 Community Partner Award in Philadelphia. In 2001 Kurtz won first prize in the Academia Dell'Arte International Conducting Competition and made his European debut in Florence, Italy. He received his doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.