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Sinfonia Gala Event: Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen

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What: Sinfonia Gala Event: Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen
When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center

The main concert season culminates when Sinfonia Gulf Coast brings the world premiere some of America’s most beloved movie musicals to the Emerald Coast for the annual Gala Event on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30pm at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen, the final main stage offering of its 12th season that celebrates the “classics” with a twist. Sinfonia Gulf Coast maintains the tradition of “symphony redefined” by bringing this regional premiere to the Emerald Coast. (This event replaces Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man in Concert,” previously announced to be presented on this date).

Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen celebrates some of America’s most beloved movie musicals to the Emerald Coast. Iconic film clips, including "The King & I," "South Pacific," "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Sound of Music" on the screen, and showcases sensational live performances on stage — all accompanied by Sinfonia's full symphony orchestra with special guest vocalists Kristin Clayton, a sensational operatic soprano, and Bojan Knezevic, a critically acclaimed bass-baritone.

Conducting the lush selections is George Daugherty, one of the classical music world’s most diverse artists who returns to Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s gala event, having conducted “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” last spring.

Rodgers and Hammerstein refers to composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist-dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, who together were an influential, innovative and one of the most successful American musical theater writing teams.

“We are beyond thrilled to present an exciting evening that celebrates the canon of the world’s most beloved movie musicals, said Demetrius Fuller, Music and Artistic Director for Sinfonia Gulf Coast. “If you love musicals, great films and appreciate live music, you won’t want to miss this marvelous evening that promises to deliver pure magic.”

Gala table seating, single seating, corporate sponsor tables and full tables of 10 are available and tickets range from $45-$150. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education program. This season’s gala is presented by Hancock Bank and the VIP pre-concert repletion is presented by Legendary Marine.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to and call (850) 460-8800.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast's Gala will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. 

The 12th season continues Sinfonia’s tradition as a symphony redefined by presenting a stellar line up that celebrates the classics with a twist including:

  • Oct 24: An Evening with Chris Mann with wine dinner at Flemings @ 5:30pm followed by performance at upstairs theatre. Grand Boulevard
  • Nov 9: Classical Connections with cellist Sang-Eun Lee. Grace Lutheran Church @ 7:30pm. Destin
  • Dec 15: A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes concert at Destiny Worship Center @ 7:30pm. Miramar Beach
  • Jan 26: Classical Connections featuring SYBARITE5 string quintet at Grace Lutheran Church @ 7:30pm. Destin
  • Mar 3: Classical Connections with violinist Corinne Stillwell. Grace Lutheran Church @ 7:30pm. Destin
  • Mar 31: Sinfonia Gala Event presenting classic movie musicals Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen at Emerald Coast Convention Center @ 7:30pm. Fort Walton Beach
  • May 27: Sinfonia Goes Pops concert in Alys Beach amphitheater over Memorial Day weekend. Alys Beach

Tickets for all performances are now on sale. Season subscriptions offer a discounted price per ticket and feature preferred seating to all three Classical Connections concerts and the annual holiday concert in December. Patrons can call the box office for special student ticket prices as well as an active duty military discounted ticket program sponsored by Eglin Federal Credit Union. Sinfonia conveniently offers the ability to purchase and print tickets online. Use the free Sinfonia Gulf Coast mobile app for Apple and Android devices and store mobile tickets in Walletini or Apple Wallet, or call the box office at (850) 460-8800. See updates on Sinfonia Gulf Coast Facebook page and click on the tab: purchase tickets.

As the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to presenting high-caliber events and providing much-needed educational initiatives throughout the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast region. Proceeds from the all events benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs, which include musicians/guest artists in schools, free orchestra concerts, bus transportation for students, Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program, Arts in Medicine with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, LINK UP concerts with third through fifth grades in participation with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music, the annual Paint the Music Project and more.

The 2017-2018 season is made possible by the generous support from individuals, local businesses and media partners. Presenting Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season is Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Presenting Concerts Sponsor is Hancock Bank. Classical Connections Presenting Sponsor is Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Presenting Media Sponsor is Vie Magazine. Presenting E-media Sponsor is Presenting Accommodations Sponsor is Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and Presenting Discounted Military Tickets Sponsor is Eglin Credit Federal Union.


For more information or to purchase tickets, go to and call (850) 460-8800. Email questions to For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Elaine Tucker at (850) 460-8800 or email is a proud Presenting E-media Sponsor for Sinfonia's 12th season. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 850-460-8800. Stay social for updates on upcoming concerts and special events all season long on Facebook: Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Find Sinfonia on Instagram and Twitter too. Join us and be a part of the conversation using #SinfoniaGulfCoast.






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