Sinfonia Gulf Coast Crescendo! And Upcoming Shows 2023

February 1, 2023 by SoWal Staff

Sinfonia Gulf Coast is the Emerald Coast's only fully professional symphony orchestra. Founded in 2005 with the mission of redefining the symphony experience, Sinfonia is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming.

The symphony orchestra, led by Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller, presents an in demand lineup of concerts, guest artists and educational initiatives from classical masterpieces to the annual holiday pops. 

Educational outreach remains at the forefront of Sinfonia’s mission. The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is the premier training orchestra in Northwest Florida. The orchestra program strives to create a culture of community, collaboration,  and cultivation by ensuring that each member has an empowering musical experience through participation in the orchestras.

Since its founding, Sinfonia Gulf Coast redefines charitable events with energy-infused experiences. The organization has collaborated with numerous nonprofits and businesses throughout the community. Sinfonia’s signature event, Crescendo! is an exciting cultural and culinary arts extravaganza not to be missed.

Sinfonia’s goal is to enrich and expand the traditional orchestral experience through unique artistic disciplines and collaborations, enhancing Northwest Florida's cultural vitality. The Sinfonia Gulf Coast office is located at 4608 Opa-Locka Ln Suite 100, Destin, FL. To view upcoming events, make a donation, or purchase tickets, go to Be part of the conversation by following Sinfonia Gulf Coast on social media.



Get Happy
A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration
January 21, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center

Get Happy celebrates the life and artistry of the legendary Judy Garland. Her Carnegie Hall debut in 1961 has become one of the most storied evenings in the Hall’s history, the live recording going on to win five Grammy Awards, making Garland the first solo woman to win the coveted Album of the Year. Broadway and recording artist sensation Morgan James brings Garland’s unforgettable songbook back to life. Straight from Broadway's revival of Company, Nicholas Rodriguez joins Ms. James on stage. Accompanied by rare performance footage and interviews in this one-night-only celebration of an artist whose legacy continues to inspire fans around the world.

CRESCENDO! Kick Off Lunch

Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits

Help us kick off Crescendo! in style at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located in The Market Shops in Miramar Beach. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by award-winning chef/co-owner Jack McGuckin, sip elegant wines, indulge in delectable desserts, shop for the must-have accessories of the season from The Jewel, door prizes and raffle items and more. Crescendo! benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties.


CRESCENDO! Vintner Dinners

February 24, 2023 at 6 PM
Various Venues

Crescendo! Vintner Dinners are hosted in elegant private homes, restaurants, and resort hotels throughout the region featuring some of the country’s most exclusive vineyards that have included Darioush, Frias Family Vineyards, Oakville Ranch, Fleury Estate, Thompson 31Fifty, Chateau Gaby, Bouchaine and others. Culinary maestros have included top chefs from the Gulf Coast region and beyond such as Jack McGuckin of Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Tim Creehan, Chef/Owner of Cuvée 30A, Jude Tauzin, Executive Chef of Tony Cachere, Dan Vargo, Chef/Owner of Fine Coastal Cuisine and Fleetwood Covington of Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood. Proceeds from Crescendo! benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement initiatives.


Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 11:30 AM
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Crescendo! is the season’s cultural event extravaganza. This energy-infused experience will celebrate the cultural and culinary arts by showcasing world-class vintners, expert spirit purveyors, amazing auction items, and a live musical performance. This year's theme is Ebony & Ivory Ball. Enjoy reserved table seating, hors d'oeuvres, a seated lunch and an all-inclusive afternoon of incredible fun! Proceeds from Crescendo! benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement initiatives.


Classical Connections
feat. Geneva Lewis, violin
March 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Destin High School

New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Lauded for “remarkable mastery of her instrument” (CVNC) and hailed as “clearly one to watch” (Musical America), Geneva is the recipient of a 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Deeply passionate about collaboration, Geneva has had the pleasure of performing with prominent musicians such as Jonathan Biss, Glenn Dicterow, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, Marcy Rosen, Sir András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida, among many others.

Beethoven V. Coldplay
A Merging of Musical Giants
April 29, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center

Beethoven V. Coldplay transforms the Eroica into an oratorio, weaving the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay into the original Beethoven, pairing them together based on content and context. It is the alternate Eroica Beethoven may have created had he known the music of Coldplay at the time. Many of Coldplay’s most well-known songs are interpolated, including Yellow, Viva La Vida, Clocks and The Scientist.



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