Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra presents

Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

April 23

Music & Arts Community Center

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


Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz


Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492


Symphony No. 44 in E minor (“Trauersinfonie”)


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36


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 Chamber Orchestra

Violin 1

Sean O’Neil

Carlann Evans

Marcia Prezioso

Ariel Eliot

Erica Griswold


Violin 2

Rachel Cox

Margaret Nichols

Millard Golusin

Ellen Fox

David Sawtelle

John DiPuccio



Alfonso Giordano

Ron Erickson

Greg Lane



Antonio Innaimo

Scott Crowley

Timothy Torres

Andreas Werle


Double Bass

Scott Davis

Doni Landefeld

John Wadsworth


Deb Handley

Sherrie Mangan



Jonathan Gentry

Kareema Colson



Nicholas Contreras

Shelby Ledbetter



Scott Radloff

Stacey Gossmann



Tom Schiller

Kathy Edgett



Alan Evans

Alan Klispie



Scott Crawford

Upcoming Events

Featuring the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective.

Apr 24

Classic and contemporary works for solo cello.

Apr 25

Featuring the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective.

May 15

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