Sinfonia Gulf Coast
What do you do after you’ve, say, done Broadway and won a Tony or a Grammy? Apparently, you perform with Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Over the last 10 years, Sinfonia musicians have shared the stage with legendary talent the likes of Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone. And keeping with the nonprofit’s tradition of “symphony redefined,” the eleventh season is slated to be nothing short of wonderful. (You’ve heard of The Temptations, right?)
Retrospective, the 2016-2017 season, marks Sinfonia’s eleventh year of innovative musical programming as the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra. The nonprofit symphony will present a stellar lineup of concerts featuring the orchestra, world-renowned guest artists and the annual gala event featuring The Temptations.
The season is full of exciting guest artists beginning with Emmy, Tony and Grammy award-winning singer and actor John Lloyd Young, multi Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, and vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year 2016, violinist Jennifer Koh, and ending in an animated finale with Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II.
Energetic conductor Demetrius Fuller has garnered critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Fuller has redefined the cultural landscape of Northwest Florida by offering inspiring and artistically evocative performances, exciting critics and patrons alike.
At the helm of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Fuller has been fortunate to work with various icons in the music industry including: Kristin Chenoweth, Roberta Flack, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Mary Wilson, Chris Brubeck, The von Trapps and Pink Martini, among others.
“Every performance presents its own artistic challenges, but overall, I think that it remains a challenge to consistently present the high quality concerts and events that Sinfonia does. We are very fortunate to have amazing professional musicians and the highest caliber guest artists work with us,” says Demetrius.
Since its founding, Sinfonia Gulf Coast has presented more than 430 concerts and events, has collaborated with numerous nonprofits and businesses throughout the community and has reached more than 90,000 children through its music education outreach initiatives.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast is also a proud collaborator throughout the Northwest Florida community, currently partnering with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in its Arts in Medicine program. Other significant partnerships supporting local arts organizations have included Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, through the “Paint the Music” program and free orchestra concerts for third through eighth graders; the Northwest Florida Ballet; the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County; and the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.
Sinfoina Gulf Coast hosts several fun events annually to raise funds and awareness for musical arts. Signature fundraisers include Wine, Women and Shoes held in February; Sinfonia Bravo Beat 5K in May; and the Bloody Mary Festival in October.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast was founded in 2005 on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast with the mission of redefining the symphony experience. Under the guidance of founder and Music Director Demetrius Fuller and a dedicated board of directors, the nonprofit orchestra continues to present innovative musical programming designed to entertain, educate and inspire the community. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-460-8800. Stay social at Facebook.com/SinfoniaGulfCoast.