concerts & events - Past

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
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, Florida
Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 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, wines by the Wine Women & Shoes lineup of vintners, light bites and live music by the amazing Dread Clampitt.

Weather permitting, this event may be hosted outdoors on the beach side pool deck at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Multiple Locations
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 19 February 2016 - 6:00 PM
Sinfonia’s Wine Women and Shoes will feature multiple Vintner Dinners on Friday, February 19, hosted in elegant homes and venues throughout the region.

Some of the country’s best vineyards such as Blackbird, Ferrari Sparkling, Revana, Robert Craig, Dunstan, Eric Kent and Tournesol, will be pouring wines.

Culinary maestros include Jack McGuckin of Bijoux Destin, Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30A, Edward Reese of Edward's Rosemary Beach, Chris Holbrook of 30A Signature Catering, Nyesha Arrington of Leona Venice Beach, and Jude Tauzin, Executive Chef for Louisiana-based Tony Chachere.

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
Rosemary Beach Town Hall
Rosemary Beach, Florida
Friday, 12 February 2016 - 7:30 PM
The Miro Quartet has garnered critical acclaim throughout the world for 19 years. Join them in the intimate setting of Rosemary Beach Town Hall for a program that includes works by Beethoven, Schubert and Ginastera.
Schubert: Quartet for Strings no 11 in E major, D 353/Op. 125 no 2
Ensemble: Miró Quartet
Ginastera: Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 26
Ensemble: Miró Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1
Ensemble: Miró Quartet
Carmike Boulevard 10: Ovation Club
Miramar Beach, Florida
Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 4:00 PM
Crescendo: A Film Screening Hosted by Jamie Bernstein - Jamie Bernstein hosts a screening of her documentary of El Sistema, the youth orchestra movement taking the globe by storm. Join us at Carmike's Boulevard 10 on Jan. 30, 2016 at 4pm in the Ovation Theater.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: Jamie Bernstein (Narrator)
Destiny Worship Center
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 29 January 2016 - 7:30 PM
Jamie Bernstein returns to narrate Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait." Soprano Julia Bullock, winner of the first Sinfonia Gulf Coast Young Concert Artists Prize, makes her Sinfonia debut singing works of Gershwin, Josephine Baker and Leonard Bernstein. Also on the concert are Aaron Copland’s "El Salon Mexico" and "Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo."

Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Copland: El salón México
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Artist: Jamie Bernstein (Narrator)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Copland: Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Gershwin: Summertime
Artist: Julia Bullock (Voice)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Bijoux at the Market Shops
Miramar Beach, Florida
Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 11:30 AM
Help us kick off Wine Women & Shoes 2016 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 fashion preview and sale by The Village Boutique, 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
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa: Coastal Ballroom
Miramar Beach, Florida
Sunday, 13 December 2015 - 11:30 AM
Joe Gransden and his Atlanta big band join Morgan James for a fun-filled holiday brunch at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. Includes all food, drink, gratuities and performance.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artists: Morgan James (Voice); Joe Gransden (Trumpet)
Ensemble: Joe Gransden Big Band
Destiny Worship Center
Miramar Beach, Florida
Friday, 11 December 2015 - 7:30 PM
Epic recording artist Morgan James returns to the Sinfonia stage with her larger than life vocals to perform all of your holiday favorites with the orchestra plus more. Be sure to tell the kids to be extra good or Santa Claus may not make his annual visit. Perfect for the entire family.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: Morgan James (Voice)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Emerald Coast Convention Center
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Friday, 13 November 2015 - 8:00 PM
Sinfonia's 10th Anniversary Gala Event will feature the incomparable star of stage, screen and TV, Kristin Chenoweth. Winner of the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” and a 2010 and 2011 Emmy and a 2011 People’s Choice Award nominee for her role as the quirky former songstress April Rhodes on Fox’s hit comedy, “Glee,” Chenoweth has become a star in her own right on television. However, theater lovers may best remember her for her 2003 Tony Award-nominated origination of the role Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked."

Platinum Gala seats are $500 & $300 and include: premier seating in rows 2-5, VIP pre-concert reception and seated dinner, cash bar. 5:30pm start time.

Gold Table seating in rows 6-8 include light hors d'oeuvres at table, cash bar.
Program TBA
Artist: Kristin Chenoweth (Soprano)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Grace Lutheran Church
Destin, Florida
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 7:30 PM
French clarinet prodigy and winner of the 2013 Sinfonia Young Concert Artists Prize, Raphaele Severe, performs Mozart’s "Concerto for Clarinet K. 622" with the orchestra. Also on the program are Walter Piston’s "Divertimento" and Beethoven’s "Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21" The stunning acoustics of Grace Lutheran Church is the perfect setting for this performance.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Piston: Divertimento
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
Artist: Raphaele Severe (Clarinet)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, Florida
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 5:30 PM
At age 12, Nikki Yanofsky was the youngest person to grace the stage of the famed Montreal Jazz Festival. Now, at age 20, she has already worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Phil Ramone, Grammy winner Jesse Harris, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. From jazz standards, to scat a la Ella Fitzgerald, to her original, pop-inspired hits, her fluid, multi-octave voice is equally at home in all genres. Price includes all food, wine, gratuities and performance.
Presenters: Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood; Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Artist: Nikki Yanofsky (Voice)
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The Market Shops
Miramar Beach, Florida
Saturday, 19 September 2015 - 12:00 PM
Enjoy unlimited tastes of 15 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 by Sound Advice, and food for purchase by area restaurants Bijoux, DIG Eatery and Island Wing Company. Also available is a Mimosa bar by Coastal Wine and Spirits and frosty brews by Grayton Beer Company. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Guests must be 21 years of age. $25 in advance/$35 day of...
Presenters: Sinfonia Gulf Coast; The Market Shops
Program TBA
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, Florida
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 11:30 AM
Join Maestro Fuller at a special lunch presentation in the new Coastal Ballroom located at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.
The 2015-2016, 10th Anniversary season lineup of stellar guest artists, exciting concerts and education initiatives will be announced. Reserved tables of 10 may be purchased by calling the box office at 850-269-7129.
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Program TBA
Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Conductor: Demetrius Fuller
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