A Sinatra Christmas

December 19

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

2020-2021 Season Sponsor: Gunterberg Charitable Foundation – Culliton Family


Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz

Guest Artist

Brian Duprey


Salute To Ol’ Blue Eyes

I’ve Got You Under My Skin • Strangers in the Night • That’s Life • The Lady is a Tramp

arr. John Moss

Jingle Bells

Piermont, arr. English

The Christmas Song

Tormé, arr. English

Mistletoe & Holly

Sinatra, arr. English

Christmas Waltz

Styne, arr. English

White Christmas

Berlin, arr. English

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Coots, arr. English

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Willis, arr. English

Christmas Medley

Sleigh Ride • Most Wonderful Time of the Year • White Christmas • Christmas Eve in Sarejevo

arr. English

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Kent, arr. English

The First Noel

Stainer, arr. English

Let It Snow!

Styne, arr. English

Silent Night

Gruber, arr. English

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Mendelssohn, arr. English

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Martin, arr. English


Brian Duprey

When Brian Duprey sings Frank Sinatra classics, those listening might swear they were hearing Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.  At least that’s what happened to Frank’s own daughter, Nancy Sinatra, when she first heard Brian’s voice on the Howard Stern Show.
As the lead actor in the hit musical, “The Rat Pack is Back,” Brian spent 10 years perfecting his craft in Las Vegas and in over 200 Performing Arts Centers and Casinos across the country. His lead role and creative development of the show built a 48 state tour and secured the title of Best Tribute Show of Las Vegas in 2014.
Showered with awards and recognition for his live and recorded performances, Brian Duprey had his big break on FOX TV’s “Performing As,” where he won top prize by portraying his idol, Frank Sinatra.  Brian has been featured on CSI Las Vegas, The History Channel, NBA Allstar Jam, and the hit movie Get Him To The Greek. He also opened for the likes of Paul Anka and the cast of HBO’s Sopranos and wowed specials guests like Steve Wynn at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.
This Las Vegas headliner is currently performing in the world’s premier tribute show, Legends In Concert, and will open their new residency at the Tropicana beginning in February 2019.
Here are a few quotes from Brian Duprey’s performances over the past 10 years:
“He’s Got It Down!” – Nancy Sinatra
“Brian stands alone as the number one Frank Sinatra performer in the world” – Examiner.com
“Duprey’s baritone is a dead-ringer for Ol’ Blue Eyes” – Winnipeg Free Press
“With one song, Brian establishes that he not only has Sinatra’s sound, but his gift for phrasing”  – Duluth News Tribune
“Duprey’s rendition of ‘My Way’ is worth the ticket price alone!” – Chicago Tribune

Andrew M. Kurtz

Music & Executive Director​


Gulf Coast Symphony founder Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz enters his twenty-sixth season as the Symphony’s Music & Executive Director, and conductor. His deep rooted commitment to new work, community and education, combined with a vibrant artistic vision has led to creating and nurturing one of the most dynamic arts organizations in the region. His conducting has been called “passionate, expansive, expert, and musical.” He was named the 2007 Performing Artist of the Year at Lee County’s Angel of the Arts Awards. Kurtz’s repertoire encompasses a wide range of music styles from baroque to contemporary, and multiple genres including symphonic, opera, ballet, musical theater, jazz, cantorial, and symphonic pops.

An avid arts educator, Maestro Kurtz was Resident Music Director at the Luzerne Music Center. Kurtz is a past-president of the board of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. In 2001, he won First Prize in the Dell’Arte di Firenze International Conducting Competition, and made his European conducting debut in Florence. In 1995, Kurtz made his international operatic debut in Tel Aviv while working as a staff conductor at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute. In 1997, he conducted the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s educational tour production of The Best of Puccini. He was a scholarship conducting student at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, and boasts numerous other conducting credits, including the Pennsylvania Opera Theater, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Charlotte Symphony, Gonzaga Symphony, and the Ocean City Pops.

Kurtz completed his doctoral studies in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia where he received his master’s degree in music history and a bachelor of arts in music and drama. A native of Philadelphia, Kurtz has called Southwest Florida home for more than 28 years, where he currently resides with his wife, Julie, and their son, Benjamin.

Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Members

Violin 1

Sean O’Neil~

Clive Owens

Carlann Evans

Ariel Eliot~

Marcia Prezioso


Violin 2

Margaret Nichols

John DiPuccio~

David Sawtelle

Brenda Cali

Sharyl Leifeld



Alfonso Giordano

Greg Lane~

Ron Erickson~



Antonio Innaimo~

Scott Crowley~

Timothy Torres~

Andreas Werle


Double Bass

Doni Landefeld

Scott Davis~

John Wadsworth


Deb Handley

Sherrie Mangan



Jonathan Gentry



John Giacco

Nicholas Contreras



Stacey Gossmann



Dana Williams~

Steve Kreuz



Cindy Klispie

Alan Klispie


Jeff Goldblatt

Adrian Hance



Scott Crawford~

Paul Gavin



Gary Stroh~



Timothy Torres~

~ Denotes Gulf Coast Symphony Chamber Orchestra Member

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