The Three B's
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW
2020-2021 Season Sponsor: Gunterberg Charitable Foundation – Culliton Family
Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
I. [no tempo indicated]
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo: Vivace
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Hungarian Dance 5 in G minor
Brahms (arr. McAlister)
Hungarian Dance No. 6
Brahms (arr. McAlister)
American pianist Joseph Kingma, praised by the New York Concert Review as, “[coaxing] the listener into the music’s poetry from the very first notes of his Liszt, showing the command of a master and a composer’s insight…held the audience spellbound,” enjoys a prolific national and international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He won first prize in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Liszt Society, and has won awards in the Cincinnati World Competition and Sorantin Young Artist International Competition. As a recitalist, he has performed on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, the Yamaha Artist Services Performance Series in New York City, the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series in Toledo, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Timucua Arts Foundation in Orlando, the Good Shepherd International Concert Series in Minneapolis, L’Oasis Musicale in Montreal, and many others. He performs with many orchestras, including the Monroe Symphony, Manassas Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, Spring Hill Orchestra, and Brazos Chamber Orchestra. He performs regularly as a chamber musician with faculty colleagues and appears as a guest artist with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, several of his performances have been featured on Chicago’s classical music radio station, 98.7 WFMT.
Joseph enjoys playing chess, running, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and relaxing on the beach when he’s not traveling or teaching. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his DMA, where he studied with Anton Nel. He earned his BM and MM at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Norman Krieger, Tali Morgulis, Sandra Wright Shen, Alan Chow, Craig Nies, and Jon Kimura Parker. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. Joseph’s website is www.josephkingma.com.
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