concerts & events - Past

Destiny Worship Center
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 15 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
Mary Wilson of the Supremes is bringing her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy back to the Sinfonia stage for one ROCKIN' holiday concert! This "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" inductee and multiple award-winning artist will have you dancing in your seats as she takes us on a musical journey with the songs that made her famous, as well as everyone's favorite holiday melodies. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with Mary and her incredible band for this magical concert of the season!

**PLEASE NOTE: This venue is open seating within each of the Preferred & Choice sections. There are no assigned seats.
Sponsor: McNeese Title
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: Mary Wilson (Voice)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Grace Lutheran Church
Destin, Florida
Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 7:30 PM
Cellist Sang-Eun Lee has been hailed for her expressive artistry and dazzling technique. The Washington Post praised her performance saying: “She is a prodigiously talented young artist with powerful technique and musical poise.” Ms. Lee joins Sinfonia for the first Silver Sands Premium Outlet's Classical Connections concert series, where she will perform Tchaikovsky's stunning "Variations on a Rococo Theme".
Presenters: Silver Sands Premium Outlets; Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Artist: Sang-Eun Lee (Cello)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar Grand Boulevard
Miramar Beach, Florida
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 5:30 PM
From his debut on the world’s stage as a finalist on NBC’s "The Voice," to rave reviews from his PBS "Live in Concert" performance, to the lead role in the national U.S. tour of "Phantom of the Opera," Chris Mann and his crystalline voice will take you on a musical journey from Broadway to contemporary standards, to the Great American Songbook. Michael Bublé meets Josh Groban in this not-to-miss season kick-off.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar sets the culinary stage, while 560 Grand Boulevard will be transformed in to an elegant cabaret theater for the performance. Includes valet, dinner, wine, gratuity and performance.

Presented by Pish Posh Patchouli's
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Vin'tij Wine Boutique
Miramar Beach, Florida
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 6:00 PM
Before Andrea Bocelli became famous for his music, the Bocelli family has made wine on their Italian estate for more than 130 years. Indulge in a four-course meal, expertly prepared by the talented Vin'tij culinary team. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Todd Reber of Vin'tij and Demetrius Fuller, Music & Artistic Director of Sinfonia Gulf Coast will serve as your hosts for the evening.
Program TBA
Alys Beach Amphitheatre
Alys Beach, Florida
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.
Presenters: Sinfonia Gulf Coast; The Alys Foundation
Program TBA
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
The Henderson: Destin Ballroom
Destin, Florida
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 5:30 PM
Indulge in the stunning surroundings of the new Henderson Resort!

Enjoy a VIP reception that includes passed hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, live music, followed by a three-course dinner with wine in the main ballroom.

The Temptations Revue, featuring Reggie Reed take the stage to bring the evening to a festive finale.

Single table seating and full table seating available.
Valet parking included.
Special rates from The Henderson available soon.
Presenter: Hancock Bank
Program TBA
Artist: The Temptations
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Emerald Coast Convention Center
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 7:00 PM
WARNER BROS. PRESENTS BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II celebrates the world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes, projected on the big screen, while Sinfonia Gulf Coast performs their exhilarating, original Carl Stalling scores LIVE!

Acclaimed as the master of animation music, Stalling’s soundscapes take audiences on a roller coaster ride of rhythm, melody, and harmony, inspired by the great works of Wagner, Rossini, Johann Strauss, von Suppe, Smetana, and other great composers.

Conducted by George Daugherty and created by Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II" spotlights such iconic classics as "What’s Opera, Doc?," "The Rabbit of Seville," "Rhapsody Rabbit," "Long-Haired Hare," "Show Biz Bugs," "Baton Bunny," "Duck Amuck," and many others . . . plus two brand-new, critically-acclaimed 3D cartoons from Warner Bros. – "Rabid Rider" and "Coyote Falls." And capping it all off are special guest appearances by Tom & Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl.

"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II" is the latest incarnation of a concert project which has been receiving standing ovations and rave reviews around the world for the past 25 years, starting with the original versions, "Bugs Bunny on Broadway" (1990), and "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" (2010). The three concerts have played to over 2.5 million cheering audience members worldwide.


LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
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Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: George Daugherty
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, Florida
Sunday, 19 February 2017 - 2:05 PM
The Hilton Sandestin is transformed into a retail, wine and fashion extravaganza! Lip smacking wines, tasty treats, Shoe Guys (sole mates) serving up the latest fashions, fab shopping, DJ, live music, silent and live auctions, a stunning fashion show, a special live performance, and your best girlfriends all in one place. Enjoy reserved table seating and an all inclusive afternoon of incredible fun!

Complimentary Valet Parking for ALL attendees. Special room rates available at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, Florida
Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 4:00 PM
An effervescent musical experience in the Coastal Ballroom of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

Enjoy Ferrari Sparkling wines at the Bubbles bar, brews by Grayton Beer Co., wines by the Wine Women & Shoes lineup of vintners, culinary stations and live music by the amazing Dread Clampitt.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: Dread Clampitt
Multiple Locations
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 17 February 2017 - 6:00 PM
Sinfonia’s Wine Women and Shoes will feature multiple Vintner Dinners on Friday, February 17, hosted in elegant homes and venues throughout the region. Some of the country’s best vineyards including our 2017 Honorary Vintner Hourglass, plus Ancien, Blackbird, Eric Kent, Sanglier, St. Helena Winery, Silver Trident will be pouring wines.

Culinary maestros include Jack McGuckin of Bijoux Destin, Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30A, Kevin Korman of Roselie Dining + Seafood Bar, Chris Holbrook of 30A Signature Catering, Dan Vargo of Seagar's, and Jim Richard of Stinky's Fish Camp/Trebeaché.

The Sinfonia team will call each patron to confirm which dinner they would prefer to attend following confirmation of their order.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Destiny Worship Center
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 20 January 2017 - 7:30 PM
Let Sinfonia and "Musical America's" Instrumentalist of the Year for 2016, Jennifer Koh, take you on a musical journey that features John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Samuel Barber's "Concerto for Violin & Orchestra," Rossini's "William Tell Overture," and the brilliant orchestral showpiece "Roman Festivals" by Ottorino Respighi.

View all of the artwork in the lobby from the 2017 "Paint the Music" student artists comprised of third-eighth graders in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Join us following the concert at Bijoux at The Market Shops for a special happy hour meet and greet with Jennifer Koh.
Presenter: Silver Sands Premium Outlets
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Barber: Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
Artist: Jennifer Koh (Violin)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Respighi: Feste romane
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Bijoux at the Market Shops
Miramar Beach, Florida
Thursday, 12 January 2017 - 11:30 AM
Help us kick off Wine Women & Shoes 2017 in style at Bijoux located at The Market Shops. Enjoy an incredible lunch, sip elegant wines provided by Pip and indulge in delectable desserts, a Wine Women & Shoes fashion preview, all of the must-have accessories of the season from Destin Jewelers, door prizes and raffle items such as two round trip flights courtesy of Southern Airways Express, plus much more. Wine Women & Shoes benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Sip Sip Hooray!
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Destiny Worship Center
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 16 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
The legendary Manhattan Transfer joins Sinfonia for our region's most festive annual holiday concert. This 10 time Grammy Award-winning, Vocal Hall of Fame inductee will have you singin' and swingin' in your seats. Don't miss all of your favorite holiday songs and Santa's annual visit!

Join us following the concert at Bijoux at The Market Shops for a holiday happy hour with The Manhattan Transfer!
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: The Manhattan Transfer
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Destin, Florida
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 6:00 PM
Meet Blackbird Vineyards (BBV) and the Bespoke Collection national sales director Greg DeLeo at Ruth's Chris Steak House on Dec. 1.
Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Made by "Food & Wine" Magazine's 2012 Winemaker of the year, Aaron Pott, Blackbird Vineyards has been labeled as one of California's top 10 vineyards by "The Agency." Don't miss this exclusive opportunity...

It will be a flocking good time!
Program TBA
Grace Lutheran Church
Destin, Florida
Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 7:30 PM
Multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin joins Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the Southeast U.S. premiere of Chris Brubeck's "Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra." Also on the program are works by Vivaldi, Ginastera and Mozart's "Symphony no. 40 in G minor K. 550.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 – the middle one of the great final trilogy that he composed in the space of three months in the summer of 1788 – is a work that has always made a strong impact on its listeners.

The 40th Symphony’s most miraculous music occurs at the very opening, an unusual one for the time, in which the accompaniment precedes the tune (the impression this made on later composers can be heard in such works as Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and several Bruckner symphonies). Within Mozart’s own works there is a faint similarity to Cherubino’s breathless aria of adolescent longing in ‘The Marriage of Figaro, but the restless melody which enters here is of an altogether nobler cast, a moment of uniquely Mozartian inspiration which on its own is enough to make this work an unforgettable and haunting one. It also has a generating role, however, particularly in an insistence on the pairing of adjacent notes which, with its yearning, ‘leaning’ character, becomes a telling feature of the movement – and of much of rest of the work as well. The movement’s second theme, a drooping one introduced by the violins and answered by the woodwind, introduces a more cheerful flavor – this passage really could come from a comic opera – but, almost before the listener notices, the material of the opening returns to round off the first section, drive on into the central development and later round the movement off on a note of unresolved urgency.

The Andante opens in a mood of relative repose, but soon (and with a growing sense of disquiet) the tripping paired notes which have appeared briefly in its initial theme begin to emerge as the movement’s propelling force, assuming many guises as the music progresses, from jaunty to angry and from achingly beautiful to frivolous.

After this the Minuet is darkly driven, with only temporary relief offered by the pastoral calm of the central Trio section, before the work plunges into its headlong finale.

The rocketing main theme of the concluding Allegro is a stock device of ‘stormy’ 18th-century symphonies, but this movement is far from a stereotypical creation. Mozart uses the theme to point the music in all directions, the most remarkable being at the beginning of the central development, where the theme’s rhythm is disjointed and its melodic outline distorted almost to breaking-point. It is a shattering moment, yet it grows organically from what has preceded and leads naturally into what follows. Such is genius.
Program note © Lindsay Kemp
Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D major RV 93
Artist: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Ginastera: Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
The Variaciones concertantes were composed in 1953, during a difficult period for Ginastera, as political conflicts with the Perón government forced him to resign as director of the music conservatory at the National University of La Plata. He supported himself by scoring films, as he had been since 1942, and accepting commissions such as the Variaciones, which came to him from the Asociación Amigos de la Música in Buenos Aires, where Igor Markevitch conducted the premiere in June 1953.

This was a central work of the “subjective nationalism” of Ginastera’s second stylistic period, in which folkloric and traditional materials are idealized and sublimated in a personal way. One characteristic musical symbol of this is harmony derived from the open strings of the guitar, as heard in the harp under the solo cello statement of the theme at the beginning, and again before the final variation. (These pitches – E, A, D, G, B – also supply variation material and represent the main key areas of the whole set.)

Two interludes (the first for strings, the second for winds) then frame seven character variations featuring different solo instruments with the orchestra. The first is a spunky scamper for the flute (Variazione giocosa), which leads directly into an edgier romp, featuring clarinet (Variazione in modo di Scherzo). The haunting elegy for the viola (Variazione drammatica) is much the longest of the group. Its modal chords seem to spill over into the next variation, a dusky duet for oboe and bassoon (Variazione canonica). The brief, brilliant variation for trumpet and trombone (Variazione ritmica) is basically a splashy fanfare for the ensuing violin whirlwind (Variazione in modo di Moto perpetuo). To close this central group of variations, the horn offers a lyrically poised take on the original theme (Variazione pastorale).

Ginastera rounds this off with a reprise of the main theme, again accompanied by the harp but this time with double bass taking up the tune. A final variation, for the full ensemble, ensues (Variazione in modo di Rondo). This is a high-voltage malambo, the competitive gaucho dance that was another prime symbol for Ginastera. The steady repeated notes represent tapping feet, with virtuosic and jazzy flourishes coming from all instrumental points.
Brubeck: Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra
Artist: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller

I am very excited about the concerto I have written for guitar virtuoso Sharon Isbin. This new piece has had a long gestation period. Sharon called me about a decade ago after seeing a PBS Broadcast of a piece I had written called "Interplay for Three Violins and Orchestra." She has toured and recorded with many great guitarists from different musical backgrounds and consequently has created interesting musical collaborations that delved into Jazz, Rock, Folk, Classical, and Brazilian genres to name a few. After our initial discussions, our busy road lives as touring musicians, and my composition schedules created a hiatus of quite a few years.

Sharon and I met and listened to my recent compositions and her more recent recordings to hear how we both had evolved over the last decade. Sharon wanted a new concerto that had a global approach to the guitar and wasn't confined to one particular style. You will hear that desire realized in how I approached the creation of this new work, "Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra." I struggled to find a title we both liked and thankfully my wife, Tish, came up with this appropriate name. In plain English, Sharon and I share an affinity for embracing and exploring different musical styles. As I learned from watching the recent PBS special about Sharon's remarkable career, she wanted to be a scientist as a young girl. With that in mind I wanted to include in these notes the scientific definition of affinity: An attraction or force between particles that causes them to combine.

This is an appropriate description of the concerto as many genres are combined to create this 14-minute piece. There are no separate movements --- instead there are simply flowing, contrasting musical areas that we chose to explore. This concerto jumps out of the starting gate with the energy of a downhill ski race. Sharon has great facility on her instrument and I wanted to feature her fingers flying from the first measure. After a few minutes the piece travels into an early Jazz style with syncopated rhythms that almost harken back to Ragtime. Then the music transforms into a romantic waltz with oceanic qualities.

In the middle of this concerto there is a very heartfelt section that evolved from a suggestion by Sharon. She knew that my father had recently passed on and that he and I were very close and wrote a lot of music together over the years. She called me from New York and sensitively asked if there were any melodies my father had written that were particularly "guitaristic." She thought it would be wonderful to honor him by including some of his musical spirit in this piece.





The Market Shops
Miramar Beach, Florida
Saturday, 1 October 2016 - 11:00 AM
Enjoy unlimited tastes of some of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys featuring Cathead Vodka, made and served by the finest restaurants and bars in the panhandle. Each ticket will include one vote for the People’s Choice Award for “Best Bloody Mary” in South Walton. Live music, food for purchase by area restaurants, Mimosa bar, and frosty brews by Grayton Beer Company. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Guests must be 21 years of age. $35 in advance/$50 day of. $75 VIP ticket includes: valet parking, separate check-in, entrance to VIP deck at Bijoux with complimentary appetizers.
Presenters: Sinfonia Gulf Coast; The Market Shops
Program TBA
Alys Beach Amphitheatre
Alys Beach, Florida
Sunday, 29 May 2016 - 7:30 PM
The Alys Foundation is proud to welcome back Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the sixth annual concert under the palms in the Amphitheatre on Sunday evening, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Round up the family and enjoy this free community event featuring your favorite patriotic medleys, movie soundtracks, light classics, plus much more. The concert ends with a bang in a “Stars & Stripes” fireworks finale.

"We are thrilled to welcome back Sinfonia to Alys Beach and look forward to another wonderful musical experience for our community," said Kelli Siler, Director of Events for Alys Beach.

Food vendors and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Patrons are encouraged to bring low back chairs for comfortable seating.

For more information on the concert, email events@alysbeach.com. For more Sinfonia information, please call (850) 460-8800, or visit online at www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org Sinfonia Gulf Coast…your symphony experience redefined.
Presenters: Sinfonia Gulf Coast; The Alys Foundation
Program TBA
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Miramar Beach, Florida
Saturday, 7 May 2016 - 8:00 AM
Lace up your shoes and run for the arts!

Your mother told you to go outside and play! So honor mom this Mother's Day by running a 5K! Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk benefitting Sinfonia Gulf Coast is a great way to kick off your Mother's Day Weekend! Saturday, May 7th, 8:00am start in the beautiful Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Resort. The shady course runs along Baytowne Avenue, a circular route encompassing the gorgeous golf course and residential neighborhoods of Sandestin. The finish line is literally in the Village where the after party and awards ceremony will take place. Stay and enjoy live music, beer, soft drinks, food and awards

Event details and schedule:

Packet pick up Thursday May 5 from 4 to 6pm at Run With It located at 170 Miracle Strip Pky SE, Downtown Ft. Walton Beach, Friday May 6th upstairs at Rum Runners in Baytowne Wharf. Race day registration and packet pick up will be from 6:30 to 7:45am at the on-site registration table. There is plenty of free parking in the parking garage at Baytowne Wharf, directly beside the start/finish lines.

Afterparty and awards ceremony to follow the race with food provided by Edward's Fine Food and Wine of Rosemary Beach. Come enjoy wonderful food, beer and live entertainment in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Join us for a fantastic run or walk in a beautiful setting! Strollers welcome and encouraged with awards for the top 3 overall in the Stroller Division. After all this is a race for Everyone, AND their Mother!

Presenters: Run With It; Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Emerald Coast Convention Center
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Saturday, 9 April 2016 - 7:30 PM
Let the good times roll with Sinfonia and The Hot Sardines. The Hot Sardines' high-energy music making and swinging' style pair nicely with Sinfonia's orchestra for an incredible season finale! You will love this new take on New Orleans Jazz! Laissez le bon temps rouler! This performance features table seating only.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: Hot Sardines
Ensemble: Hot Sardines
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa: Emerald Ballroom
Miramar Beach, Florida
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 2:00 PM
The Hilton Sandestin is transformed into a retail, wine and fashion extravaganza! Lip smacking wines, tasty treats, Shoe Guys (sole mates) serving up the latest fashions, fab shopping, DJ, live music, silent and live auctions and a stunning fashion show featuring Saks Off 5th, The Village Boutique, Simply Elegant, and your best girlfriends all in one place.

Enjoy table seating and an all inclusive afternoon of incredible fun!

Complimentary Valet Parking for ALL attendees...
Presenters: Dermatology Solutions; Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
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