Deck the Halls!
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW
2020-2021 Season Sponsor: Gunterberg Charitable Foundation – Culliton Family
Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas • Silver Bells • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
arr. Calvin Custer
A Christmas Festival
Christmas at the Movies
arr. Bob Krogstad
Around the World at Christmas Time
O Tannenbaum • Infant Holy • What Child Is This? • O Sanctissima • Hanukkah Song • Rush of Wing • Go Tell it On the Mountain
arr. Bruce Chase
Felix Bernard, Dick Smith, arr. Custer
“March of the Toys,” from Babes in Toyland
Irving Berlin, arr. Robert Russell Bennett
Festive Sounds of Hanukkah
Rock of Ages • Who Can Retell • Hanukkah, Hanukkah • My Dreidel • S’Vivon • Hanukkah, O Hanukkah
arr. Bill Holcombe
“Stille Nacht” (Mannheim Steamroller)
Franz Gruber, arr. Custer
The Bells of Christmas
Bell Carol • Ding Dong Merrily on High • Jingle Bells • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day • Silver Bells
arr. Bob Krogstad
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
~ Denotes Gulf Coast Symphony Chamber Orchestra Member