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The Greatest Musical Films

November 14

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

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


Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz


Mark Sanders

Carolann Sanita


Suite from The Wizard of Oz

Over the Rainbow–If I Only Had a Brain–Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead–Jitterbug–Merry Old Land of Oz–We’re Off to See the Wizard–Miss Gulch

arr. Jeff Tyzik

“Over the Rainbow,” from The Wizard of Oz


“I Got Rhythm,” from An American in Paris


“Come What May,” from Moulin Rouge

David Baerwald

“Moon River,” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s


“As Time Goes By,” from Casablanca

Herman Hupfeld

“Falling Slowly,” from Once

Glen Hansard

Medley from Beauty and the Beast

Alan Menken
arr. Custer

“Let it Go,” from Frozen

Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Go The Distance,” from Hercules

Alan Menken

“Rewrite the Stars,” from The Greatest Showman

Justin Paul Benj Pasek,
arr. Bryan English

“My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic

James Horner
arr. Steven Reineke

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?,” from The Lion King

Elton John
arr. Crafton Beck

“Shallow,” from A Star is Born

Lady Gaga
arr. Victor Lopez

Selections from The Sound of Music

arr. Robert Russell Bennett


Mark Sanders

This South Florida resident has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world, including regular performances with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Mark was seen as Perchik on the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof and recently portrayed ‘Bud’ Johnson in the critically acclaimed production of The Bridges of Madison County at SlowBurn Theatre Company in Ft. Lauderdale. Mark has performed at such prestigious theatres as Lincoln Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh CLO, North Shore Music Theatre, and Sacramento Music Circus.  Credits include: Carousel (Mr. Snow), Ragtime (Father), Murder Ballad (Michael-Carbonell Award), Next to Normal (Dan), Passion (Col. Ricci), The Secret Garden (Archibald), Music Man with Jeff Goldblum, Jesus Christ SuperstarBlood Brothers with Andrea McArdle, Phantom with Bob Cuccioli, Miss SaigonTommy with Alice Ripley, Jekyll & Hyde, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Mark’s debut solo CD, This Moment, can be found on iTunes and Visit for upcoming concerts and performances.


Carolann Sanita

A NYC native now living in Naples, Fl, Carolann has toured as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Some favorite credits include singing back-up to Linda Eder at the Palace Theatre on Broadway, Encore’s No, No Nanette at New York City Center, Les Miserables at Flat Rock Playhouse, Mack and Mabel and The Boy From Oz at TheatreZone, Beauty and the Beast at Artpark, A Little Night Music at South Coast Repertory, Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Cape Playhouse, and Urinetown at the Geva Theatre. Last summer she had the chance to reprise the role of Maria in West Side Story at Sacramento Music Circus and most recently got to find her inner diva playing Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Carolann has been a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.  Audiences may remember her past performance with Gulf Coast Symphony as Julie Jordan in Carousel.

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

Rachel Cox~

Margaret Nichols

Galen Kaup~

Ellen Fox

Brenda Cali



Alfonso Giordano

Courtney Filner~

Ron Erickson~



Antonio Innaimo~

Scott Crowley~

Timothy Torres~


Double Bass

Scott Davis~

Arthur Mooradian

John Wadsworth



Deb Handley

Sherrie Mangan



Jonathan Gentry~



John Giacco

Nicholas Contreras



Stacey Gossmann



Susan Oliver~

Steve Kreuz



Alan Evans~

David Harler


Kevin Devitt~



Gary Colston



Scott Crawford~

Paul Gavin~



Gary Stroh



Timothy Torres 

~ Denotes Gulf Coast Symphony Chamber Orchestra Member

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