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proudto to offer offer our support of theof the WeWe areare proud ourcontinued continued support Charlotte Orchestra PuntaSymphony Gorda Symphony Anthony Dubbaneh JD CFP Lew Bennett CFP Faiza Kedir Michael Landsberg CIMA CFP Principal Principal Director Principal Michael Landsberg CIMA CFP Anthony Dubbaneh JD CFP 252 W Marion Avenue Suite 200 Punta Gorda FL 33950 941 391 8000 www landsbergbennett com Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management LBPWM is an SEC registered investment adviser with its principal place of business in Punta Gorda Florida This brochure is limited to the dissemination of general information pertaining to LBPWM s investment advisory services Investing involves risk including risk of loss For additional information about LBPWM please request our disclosure brochure as set forth on Form ADV using the contact information set forth herein or refer to the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure web site www adviserinfo sec gov Please read the disclosure statement carefully before you engage our firm for investment advisory services Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc CFP Board owns the CFP certification mark the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification mark and the CFP certification mark with plaque design logo in the United States which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board s initial and ongoing certification requirements The Forbes ranking developed by SHOOK research is a ranking algorithm based on industry experience interviews compliance records assets under management revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research LLC which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking Investment performance is not a criterion The Barron s Top Financial Advisor award is based on data provided by thousands of advisors Rankings are based on assets under management revenue produced for the firm quality of the practice as well as other factors Institutional assets are given less weight in the scoring Investment performance isn t an explicit component These awards are not indicative of LBPWM s future performance 2 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020

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FEATURES O U R 2020 S T O R Y CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES FA C T S A B O U T P U N TA G O R D A S YM P H O N Y 14 19 INSIDE 5 From the Chairman 16 Season Sponsors 5 From the Executive Director 17 Our 2020 Story Challenges and Successes 7 19 Behind the Notes Goes Online Concert Program 9 Orchestra Musicians 21 Facts About PGSymphony 11 Maestro Raffaele Ponti and Ming Gao Featured Soloist Bio s 22 Donors 24 Ways to Give 12 Program Notes PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 3

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tempo THE MAGAZINE OF PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY Volume 6 Issue 1 December 2020 PUBLISHER PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY INC CONTRIBUTING WRITER SHERRY CAMPBELL BECHTOLD LAYOUT BUFFALO GRAFFIX 20 21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN MICHAEL LANDSBERG TREASURER STEVEN SHELL D O SECRETARY M LEE MCGRAW DIRECTORS CHRISTOPHER CONSTANCE M D FROM THE CHAIRMAN I know I speak for many when I say that we are delighted to present live music to an in person audience Many months ago Maestro Ponti declared There s no substitute for live performance and we are proud to have crafted this outdoor experience for all of us to safely share together The COVID 19 pandemic has presented challenges for us all Performing arts organizations the world over have modified their programs to accommodate these new public health conditions We have chosen to exercise reasonable caution while still providing quality orchestral music in a pleasant setting We expect these outdoor concerts will be safe and enjoyable for everyone audience musicians staff and volunteers alike MICHAEL GRANT DOUGLAS JOYCE D O BARABARA L REES PH D CATHERINE REICHE GENERAL COUNSEL FORREST BASS ESQ MUSIC DIRECTOR RAFFAELE PONTI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CRAIG BADINGER OPERATIONS MANAGER ELISE SHERRON OFFICE COORDINATOR ANNE GUTSELL PERSONNEL MANAGER RICHARD STOELZEL LIBRARIAN RACHEL COX FRIENDS PRESIDENT ROBERT IVES 6210 Scott Street 213 Punta Gorda FL 33950 941 205 5996 PGSymphony org We hope that Punta Gorda Symphony will offer you some welcome respite and restoration As we navigate this Holiday Season and the end of 2020 please know how much we value you our community of supporters We are honored to call ourselves yours FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JAMIE LANDSBERG VAN LUPO Michael Landsberg W elcome to our unusual yet upbeat modified 20 21 Season So much of the past ten months has been surprising and surreal but we are proud to have forged several successes read more in this issue s feature article by Sherry Campbell Bechtold The COVID 19 pandemic has enforced a contraction in terms of our programming yet here we are presenting Holiday Pops Outdoors and what promises to be a lovely set of open air concerts We hope to add more if pandemic conditions allow This necessary contraction has demanded a remarkable amount of flexibility from our small team and we continue to meet challenges as they present themselves Many of these efforts go unwitnessed behind the scenes requiring a corresponding generosity from our community Sponsors and grantors have stepped up making so much of what we do possible Please know that we are grateful for every ticket purchase and every charitable gift Thank you Craig Badinger With perseverance and our characteristic warmth we will overcome this year s challenges and prosper as the cultural cornerstone of our Charlotte County community Just as in our beloved orchestra we each play our role and we thank you for playing yours PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 5

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Dr Steven Shell Dr Stephanie Shell OUR PRACTICE MODEL Concierge care with a limited practice size Annual Wellness exam emphasizing prevention Specialized labs through the Cleveland Clinic Screening for heart and lung function vision and hearing screening and peripheral artery disease Always see your doctor and never another provider 60 minute appointments for the Wellness exam and 30 minute appointments for follow up visits Guaranteed same day or next day appointments 24 7 access to your doctor by email or cell phone No wait waiting room Medical cannabis certifications blueoceanhealthcare com 21300 Gertrude Ave Suite 1 Port Charlotte FL 33952 Phone 941 743 3311 Fax 941 743 3313 10 6 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY 10 Time Readers Choice Award TEMPO DE C E M B EWinners R 2020 TEMPO MARCH 2020 HOURS Mon Thurs 8 30am 5 00pm Fri 8 30am 12 00pm We may be closed Fridays during the summer Call the office for details

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HOLIDAY POPS OUTDOORS SATURDAY DECEMBER 19 2020 11 00AM 2 00PM FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE CHARLOTTE CAMPUS SPONSORS Elizabeth B McGraw Foundation S Scott Gould Susan Galvin CONDUCTOR RAFFAELE PONTI Barbara L Rees Ph D David and Delta Orlowski SOLOIST MING GAO VIOLIN Hark The Herald Angels Sing Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Arranged by Ted Ricketts Fantasia on We Three Kings Brian Balmages Music from FROZEN Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez Arranged by Bob Krogstad The First Noel English Christmas Carol Arranged by Ric Flauding Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson Hyfrodol Rowland Hugh Prichard Arranged by Matt Riley Ming Gao Violin The Christmas Song Mel Torme Arranged by Bob Krogstad Christmas Eve Sarajevo Paul O Neill and Robert Kinkel Arranged by Bob Phillips Of the Father s Love Begotten Traditional Arranged by Matt Riley Ming Gao Violin Polar Express Concert Suite Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard Arranged by Jerry Brubaker The Bells of Christmas Arranged by Bob Krogstad Christmas Canticles Arranged by Sean O Loughlin We Three Kings John Henry Hopkins Jr Arranged by Matt Riley This performance will run 1 hour without intermission Thank you for silencing all electronic devices PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 7

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MUSICIANS DECEMBER 19 2020 VIOLIN I Ming Gao Concertmaster David Qi Asst Concertmaster Judith Yanchus Baoling Xu Carlos J quez Karen Banos VIOLIN II Cindi Qi Principal Cathy Pflieger Wallace DePue Joan Stewart VIOLA Rachel Cox Principal Julie Franklin Yaniv M Cohen Sofia Ponti CELLO Ann Alton Principal Keith Jensen Mikel Thomas BASS Laurence Glazener Principal FLUTE Carrie Wiesinger Principal David A Su rez Rios OBOE Marco Key Navarrete Principal Charles McGee CLARINET Stacy McColley Principal Tony Negron BASSOON Gabriel Bergeron Langlois Principal Chris Eberle HORN Jennifer Miller Principal Matthew Marshall Dana Williams M Edward Nagel TRUMPET Richard Stoelzel Principal Jeffrey Kaye Veselin Bozhilov TROMBONE Karla Rojas Principal Emily Nichols BASS TROMBONE Phil McClelland Principal TUBA Todd Handley Principal PERCUSSION Scott Crawford Principal Chris Bowen PIANO Isabelle Aubin Principal PERSONNEL MANAGER Richard Stoelzel LIBRARIAN Rachel Cox PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 9

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MAESTRO RAFFAELE PONTI Maestro Ponti s impact on the Punta Gorda Symphony and the cultural life of Charlotte County is well known Over the years his dynamic personality and charismatic performances have inspired musicians enriched the lives of our children and thrilled audiences in our community In addition to his role as our Music Director he continues to serve as Artistic Director of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Visiting Instructor in Orchestral Studies with Florida International University in Miami He has appeared with prominent orchestras throughout the U S and Europe and has been awarded a number of international awards Maestro Ponti is a champion of music education in the community with school visits master classes and open rehearsals In 2018 he and the orchestra were invited to participate in the prestigious Carnegie Link Up program a national grade school music education program which culminates in our annual Young People s Concert His community outreach also extends to adults with his exciting in season series Behind the Notes Medical Grand Rounds and the popular pre performance talks MAESTRO RAFFAELE PONTI MING GAO CONCERTMASTER SOLOIST Ming Gao has performed with PGSymphony as concertmaster since 2015 He has served as concertmaster of the Nanjing Experimental Orchestra in his native China and of the Eastman Philharmonia at the Heidelberg Castle Festival in Germany He has also served as acting concertmaster of the Youngstown and Harrisburg symphony orchestras and MOSSPAC Chamber Orchestra During the summer months Ming is a first violinist in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York and he has also served as the acting Associate Concertmaster Concertmaster during the 2018 and 2019 seasons Prior to joining the Naples Philharmonic in 1993 where he is currently associate concertmaster Ming performed with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra He also appeared in music festivals in the United States Germany and China including Sunflower Music Festival Pine Mountain Music Festival Buzzards Bay Musicfest MOSSPAC Music Festival Heidelberg Castle Festival and the Spring of Xuanwu Hu Festival Over the years Ming has been invited back to China many times to give chamber music recitals in Nanjing Wuxi Zhenjiang Suzhou and Beijing Some of these concerts were broadcast live by Jiang Su Provincial TV station and CCTV China national television station In addition he has recorded solo and chamber music for the Nanjing radio and television stations Jiangsu Provincial radio and television stations and QRS Music Rolls Inc He was also given the title of Guest Professor of Violin at the Nanjing Conservatory of Music offering violin master classes in China MING GAO CONCERTMASTER SOLOIST PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 11

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PROGRAM NOTES HOLIDAY POPS 2020 A December Holiday Pops concert conceived programmed and conducted by Maestro Ponti with our own Punta Gorda Symphony performed outdoors on a balmy Florida afternoon What could possibly be more fun After all we have been through this year we can certainly use a treat And this concert is FILLED with treats Starting off with a jubilant call to hear the Herald Angels Sing we take a cheerful Sleigh Ride and then hop on the Polar Express to visit Santa Along the way musical offerings deftly move between traditional and contemporary songs as well as seasonal film music selections Music in a Holiday program is often very familiar yet due to the art of Arrangers are made new and fresh to our ears On today s program there are many incredibly talented Arrangers represented including Disney veteran Ted Ricketts Miami Symphony alumnus Brian Balmages jazz classical and pop guitarist Richard Flauding the extremely versatile Sean O Laughlin and Jerry Brubaker renowned for his career with the U S Navy Band Of particular note are multiple works by Matt Riley including Pritchard s Welsh hymn Hyfrodol the Celtic hymn Of the Father s Love Begotten and We Three Kings as well as Bob Krogstad s medley of music by Anderson Lopez from the film Frozen The Bells of Christmas and Mel Torme s classic The Christmas Song Featured throughout the concert is Punta Gorda Symphony s Concertmaster violinist Ming Gao 12 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY Paul O Neill In 2017 Maestro Ponti introduced our audience to the remarkable work Christmas Eve in Sarajevo which released in 1996 on TransSiberian Orchestra s debut album We are thrilled to present it once again this year Trans Siberian Orchestra s Paul O Neill tells the story behind this composition We heard about this cello player born in Sarajevo many years ago who left when he was fairly young to go on to become a wellrespected musician playing with various symphonies throughout Europe Decades later he returned to Sarajevo as an elderly man at the height of the Bosnian War only to find his city in complete ruins I think what most broke this man s heart was that the destruction was not done by some outside invader or natural disaster it was done by his own people At that time Serbs were shelling Sarajevo every night Rather than head for the bomb shelters like his family and neighbors this man went to the town square climbed onto a pile of rubble that had once been the fountain took out his cello and played Mozart Beethoven and Lynrd Skynrd as the city was bombed TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 He came every night and began playing Christmas Carols from that same spot It was just such a powerful image a white haired man silhouetted against the cannon fire playing timeless melodies to both sides of the conflict amid the rubble and devastation of the city he loves Sometime later a reporter traced him down to ask why he did this insanely stupid thing The old man said that it was his way of proving that despite all evidence to the contrary the spirit of humanity was still alive in that place The work basically wrapped itself around him We used some of the oldest Christmas melodies we could find like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Carol of the Bells part of the medley which is from Ukraine near that region The orchestra represents one side the rock band the other and a single cello represents that single individual that spark of hope MATTHEW RILEY COMPOSER ARRANGER Riley s compositions and arrangements include work for radio and television film Continued on page 15

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NEWS JAZZ NPR CLASSICAL WUSF ORG A service of the University of South Florida 14 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020

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Continued from page 11 and recording artists and are performed around the world including Andrea Bocelli s 2019 Christmas tour in Madison Square Garden Italy s RAI National Symphony Orchestra Vienna Imperial Philharmonics US Marine Band Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment Band and the Colorado Symphony His philosophy on music I want to move and inspire audiences and musicians alike with my music My mission in life is to share things that I find beautiful sad awe inspiring euphoric and sublime with the world I am not a particularly eloquent person so I choose to do this through the language of music My hope is that every performance of my music is a memorable powerful and emotionally connective experience between the performers and listeners BOB KROGSTAD COMPOSER ARRANGER CONDUCTOR Krogstad is known for his colorful orchestral and choral compositions featured in the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular EPCOT Center s Illuminations Robert Schuller s Glory of Christmas Sam s Town s Sunset Stampede in Las Vegas Precious Moments Fountain of Angels and productions for the Disney MGM Studios and Universal Studio Tour His arrangements for the London Symphony have been featured on the Hallmark Cards annual Christmas albums and his music can be heard on the albums of singers Mel Torme Maureen McGovern Michael Crawford Natalie Cole James Darren Sandi Patty and Kathy Troccoli among others He toured as symphony conductor for over thirty symphony orchestras in North America Sherry Campbell Bechtold Writer We are excited to announce that we have joined in partnership with ARTS AXIS FLORIDA a comprehensive initiative led by WUSF Public Media and The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to provide an Arts Hub for the West Central Florida market and beyond The program was born from the circumstances of the pandemic and the mission is to provide access to all forms of art throughout the community Head over to www artsaxisfl org punta gorda symphony to check out our recordings and other performances from our local area arts organizations all from your home LISTEN NOW PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 15

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BENEFACTOR Elizabeth B McGraw Foundation S Scott Gould LEADER Barbara L Rees Ph D MAESTRO S CIRCLE Susan Galvin David and Delta Orlowski ARTIST S CIRCLE Patricia A Condon Karl Fedronas and Kathleen Kelle Jamie and Michael Landsberg Anthony and Judith Licata Donna and John Peterman Drs Steven and Stephanie Shell The Tetrault Family Foundation CONCERTMASTER S CIRCLE Ron and Cindy Blythe Community Foundation of Sarasota County Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Charitable Fund Fredric Cort and Carol Ryan Robert and Carol Dewire Farr Law Firm Jeanne and Kevin Hogan Carolyn Kvam Hansman Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management Lee McGraw and Van Lupo Barbara and Gene McPherson Judi Roth Carolyn and Tyler Swanson MUSICIAN S CIRCLE Rosemarie Arnoldt Alana Badinger Dr Gary and Ann Berger Dr David and Lowie Bock Dr Paul and Janice Chupka Kate and Edward Curley Lydia Gattanell Dr Ramon A Gil Robert and Rhoda Ives 16 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY Orpha Joann Kidd Beatrice McCarthy McCrory Law Firm Gary and Vicki Mize Era Jo Moorer Nancy L Nichols Nancy and David Palmer Catherine and Robert Peterson Joan and David M Phillips Sr TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 John and Catherine Reiche Carol Robinson Nancy and Frank Robinson Hermann and Jeri Schaller Penny and Jon Shattuck Capt Dennis Slaughter UAL Ret Mark and Christine Strom Roger and Dr Norma Villeno Alice Zachos

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O U R 2 02 0 S T O R Y CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES Punta Gorda Symphony musicians record music for the 2020 Giving Challenge in April 2020 From left to right Ileana Ciumac violin Rachel Cox Principal Viola Ann Alton Principal Cellist Photo by Punta Gorda Symphony To say that every individual and every organization has been challenged over the past year is a serious understatement The stories that have emerged from our personal family friends work environments and career experiences are truly countless and in our world of music we continue to feel the tides and ripples from all that these challenges have produced Months ago when it became apparent that we were all on a journey none of us could have expected so much of what we took for granted started to fade away events were postponed then cancelled Even small venues shuttered their doors Theatres and Concert Halls were silenced For many of us that was the most difficult pill to swallow The personal responses to all of this were almost immediate We watched as musicians extended themselves performing in their own neighborhoods from porches and balconies letting us know they are still there for us Thanks to the internet we were invited to follow the journeys of those who have performed with us over past seasons Guest Artists around the country sought new venues to teach entertain create new works reminding us that whatever happens in the world music rises above it all and lives on to tell the stories Grammy Award winning composer Kenneth Fuchs and pianist Jeffrey Biegel lead a pre performance talk at the CPAC prior to the March 8 2020 performance Photo by Jerry Beard Of particular note are artists featured in our last concert of the 2019 2020 season pianist Biegel and composer Fuchs the performance of Fuchs piano concerto Spiritualist was unforgettable Soon after live performances everywhere came to a standstill but they both adjusted and kept working Jeffrey spent weeks providing online live performances with informational notes for his internet friends and has continued to introduce new compositions including the remarkable Reflection of Ruth BG Kenneth has continued to compose and this summer released the album Point of Tranquility with the United States Coast Guard Band Individuals are able to react more nimbly than organizations however At the PGSymphony like so many other non profits responding to this unprecedented situation quickly became not How do we make it through the next weeks but rather How do we make sure that our way of life our organization the people whose livelihoods depend upon it and the critical role the Orchestra plays in our community survive at all This big question was answered by the choices and actions of our leadership volunteers our musicians sponsors and our loyal audience Here are some highlights of what has happened and where we are today SUPPORT FROM MANY SOURCES The PGSymphony was one of six organizations in Southwest PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 17

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Florida selected to participate in The Patterson Foundation s one on one consulting program Advancing Mission Thrivability designed to help nonprofits learn ways to make mission focused economically informed decisions for their programs products and services and help them emerge from unique challenges stronger by assessing their operations for alignment with both their greater purpose and bottom line Our Executive Director Craig Badinger states This program is helping us to establish new leadership policies and protocols specifically to guide and streamline all types of decisionmaking Not only will this help us now but it will have a ripple effect for years to come We received a Paycheck Protection grant from the U S Small Business Administration which covered eight weeks of payroll for our core administrative staff plus rent and utilities The 2020 Giving Challenge resulted in doubling the number of participating donors raising over 14 000 plus an additional 11 495 from the Patterson Foundation PGSymphony Principal Percussionist Dean Anderson shows off our new Pearl drumset a purchase made possible from a grant by the William G and Marie Selby Foundation Photo by Punta Gorda Symphony A grant from the William G and Marie Selby Foundation of just under 12 000 enabled Punta Gorda Symphony to acquire instruments and equipment that are often rented or borrowed by smaller orchestras like ours such as a glockenspiel a Roland keyboard and amplifier a 18 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY Maestro Raffaele Ponti visits Virtual Music Camp students via Zoom in July 2020 Considering the concerns around COVID 19 Punta Gorda Symphony chose to replace its normal two week in person camp with online music instruction in small groups for local youths Photo by Punta Gorda Symphony Pearl drumset and Wenger conductor stand Ponti commented These particular percussion instruments really round out the orchestra enabling us to always produce the quality and character of sound ouraudiences have come to admire All of these new aquirements will be seen on stage at both outdoor PGSymphony concerts this year held at FSW State College Charlotte Campus Our popular Summer Music Camp took place this year as a Virtual Camp with 30 registrants This was made possible by our partnerships with the Boys Girls Club of Charlotte County and Guardian ad Litem sponsors Dr Barbara L Rees Cadence Music and a grant to Hope Academy of Music as well as numerous individual donors Cadence Music in Fort Myers provided 22 free loaner instruments for the duration of the camp GOING FORWARD BRINGING BACK LIVE CONCERTS AND MORE Yes we have moved our next full season concert schedule to 20212022 which may feel like a long way off but worth the wait a better than ever concert season with world renowned Guest Artists and a special program featuring the music of Judy Garland In addition we are proud to present two special piano recitals a comeback appearance by Thomas Pandolfi who thrilled our TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 audiences in 2017 with his stunning performance of Gershwin s Rhapsody in Blue and Stewart Good year who will regale us with favorite Beethoven sonatas Upcoming are two fabulous outdoor concerts on December 19 2020 and February 6 2021 How wonderful to be in beautiful balmy Southwest Florida where outdoor winter concerts are possible It will be a great time to take a breath and review what has been accomplished and what we have to look forward to as we all regain our health and spirits Visit www PGSymphony org performances for more information Maestro s popular classes Behind the Notes will be live streamed online available to all patrons free of charge Maestro Ponti will host and interview Guest Artists and PGSymphony musicians including question and answer sessions Check out the schedule at www PGSymphony org community If you have never participated in these fantastic sessions this is a great opportunity to get involved Sherry Campbell Bechtold Writer

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For the 20 21 season Maestro Ponti s popular Behind the Notes lecture series will be live streamed online and made available free of charge to all patrons Ponti will host and interview audiencefavorite guest artists and Punta Gorda Symphony musicians alike ending with a question and answer session Over the series audiences will revisit the following artists mark your calendar LEARN MORE Principal Percussionist Dean Anderson and Maestro Raffaele Ponti share professional experiences and all things behind the notes during the first program on November 20 2020 Watch the recorded interview here PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 19

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PGSYMPHONY PRINCIPAL PERCUSSIONIST DEAN ANDERSON November 20 2020 Recorded PGSymphony org community PGSYMPHONY HARPIST RICHARD DICKIE FLEISHER December 4 2020 Recorded PGSymphony org community VIOLINIST DAVID KIM January 22 2021 4 00PM Virtual Zoom PGSYMPHONY PRINCIPAL BASSIST LAURENCE GLAZENER February 26 2021 4 00PM Virtual Zoom GRAMMY AWARD WINNING COMPOSER KENNETH FUCHS March 19 2021 4 00PM Virtual Zoom GUEST ARTIST TBD TBD April 9 2021 4 00PM Virtual Zoom Pre registration is not required Webinar access links are available at www PGSymphony org community Attendees will need to enter an email address and first name to access the Zoom webinars 20 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020

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FA C T S A B O U T P U N TA G O R D A S YM P H O N Y Punta Gorda Symphony was originally formed in 1978 as a small chamber group and by 2020 had grown in size to more than 70 professional musicians drawing audiences from around the world The current 20 21 season marks our eighth under the direction of Maestro Raffaele Ponti We continue to flourish under his compelling programmatic choices and rich expressive conducting Maestro Ponti is a graduate of the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music Guest Artists have been nominated for Grammy Awards among others Orchestra Musicians represent some of the most well regarded universities and peer orchestras in the country Concerts in our home venue at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center regularly sell out we perform six concerts in a normal subscription season with a capacity of 869 tickets each In the 19 20 season tickets were purchased by 1 157 households of whom 89 were Florida residents and a full 86 with local addresses In the recent 19 20 season sponsorships partly underwrote 80 of our mainstage concerts 66 of our guest artists and 27 of the orchestra s musicians all numbers that we are in a position to grow PGSymphony is dedicated to providing music education for the area s youth In a normal year we serve 1 200 third graders through an interactive concert curriculum provided by Carnegie Hall and average 40 campers at our Summer Music Camp In fall of 2019 we adopted Hope Academy of Music lending instruments and providing group lessons in after school programs Education continues throughout life In a normal year Behind the Notes provides insight into composer history and music appreciation Medical Grand Rounds a sponsor led lecture series highlights the intersection of medicine and music The Maestro s popular Pre Concert Talks enhance the audience experience of his programming Our volunteer affiliate group Symphony Friends organizes social and volunteer activities that benefit promote and serve Punta Gorda Symphony while providing friendship through a common interest Our 20 21 season modified due to COVID 19 will feature outdoor socially distanced concerts and an online live streamed lecture series PGSymphony welcomes new partnerships and collaborations with like minded organizations across the region PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 21

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DONORS The Punta Gorda Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and organizations for their financial contributions 100 000 BENEFACTOR 500 PATRON Anonymous David L Alverson JoAn and Glenn Benckendorf Barbara Berman Bick and Ginny Bicknell Joan and Raymond Byron Kay and Charles Clever Christopher Constance M D Judy and George Darrell Muriel and Frank DeStefano Annette and Guy Emerich Lorraine Fenton Sandy Funk Linda Greene Cruise Planners Margaret and Clyde Kang Samuel Kniffen Frank Llamas and Maura McMahon Sandy Lorden Marilyn Pachota William Pretsch Robert Richardson Joanne D Ryder and J William Jones Alexandra and Paul Sacilotto Robert and Teresa Steinway Kathy and Robert Strayton Avice Sunter Jacqueline and Robert Whitaker Elizabeth B McGraw Foundation 25 000 LEADER S Scott Gould Barbara L Rees Ph D 10 000 MAESTRO S CIRCLE Susan Galvin David and Delta Orlowski William G and Marie Selby Foundation 5 000 ARTIST S CIRCLE Patricia A Condon Karl Fedronas and Kathleen Kelle Jamie and Michael Landsberg Anthony and Judith Licata The Patterson Foundation Donna and John Peterman Drs Steven and Stephanie Shell The Tetrault Family Foundation 2 500 CONCERTMASTER S CIRCLE Ron and Cindy Blythe Community Foundation of Sarasota County Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Charitable Fund Fredric Cort and Carol Ryan Robert and Carol Dewire Farr Law Firm Jeanne and Kevin Hogan Carolyn Kvam Hansman Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management Lee McGraw and Van Lupo Barbara and Gene McPherson Judi Roth Carolyn and Tyler Swanson 250 SUPPORTER Anonymous Christine Arnott James R Ellsworth Debbie and Lindsay Harrington Elizabeth and Frank Harter Joan W Lasley Dolores Lazarus Lynne Pallarino Maureen Peters Catherine and Robert Peterson Judith and Eric Prier Dr and Mrs David Rice Tom Rice Wallace and Phyllis Sadoff William and Jeannie Schmidt Robert Schumann Natalie Skrzyniarz Peter and Lynn Smith June B Stark Janet M Thomas Sharon and Marty Voss Stephen and Kathleen Warwick Robert L Weitz Carl Wolaver and Nancy Lambert 1 000 MUSICIAN S CIRCLE Anonymous Sandra Adomatis Rosemarie Arnoldt Alana Badinger Dr Gary and Ann Berger Dr David and Lowie Bock Dr Paul and Janice Chupka Kate and Edward Curley Lydia Gattanell Dr Ramon A Gil Robert and Rhoda Ives Orpha Joann Kidd Beatrice McCarthy McCrory Law Firm Gary and Vicki Mize Era Jo Moorer Nancy L Nichols Nancy and David Palmer Catherine and Robert Peterson Joan and David M Phillips Sr John and Catherine Reiche Carol Robinson Nancy and Frank Robinson Hermann and Jeri Schaller Penny and Jon Shattuck Capt Dennis Slaughter UAL Ret Mark and Christine Strom Roger and Dr Norma Villeno Alice Zachos 22 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 100 DONATION Anonymous Kay Ackerson Drew Alloway Kim Amontree Adriana Austin Ph D Janet Baker Ken Barber and Johnnie Holt Sherry Bechtold Jim and Charlene Bernard Stacy Bjordahl Ann Bransford and Lois Hall Melissa Brown Judi and Gregory Budinger Marilyn Burwell Jose I Cabrera Kenneth and Patricia Cargill Patricia Chiarello Gaby Childs Ford and Magda Cooper Kathleen Cusimano Gail Daneman Anthony and Alice D Anna Thomas Darrell Roger and Elizabeth DeHond Tom and Kathy DesEnfants Patricia and Wilfred Dommermuth Joanell and Marvin Dyrstad Darrell Ebert Allan Edkins Deborah and Peter Fischer Arline Fitzmaurice Maureen Fitzpatrick Michele Fleischacker Dr and Mrs James Forensky Thomas Freeland Martha A Fyfe Rosemary Giles Lisa and Dan Gillen Mark Giraldi and Barbara Lechman Eileen Glassman Bill Gray Joyce and Richard Greenwald Thomas and Manuela Gruber Fabiana Guazzelli Janet Guthridge Elspeth Anne Gutsell Esther Harte Brian and Yvonne Heer Laura M Heine Ronald and Julia Heise Alpha Huddleston J William Jones Michael Juergensen Lorinda S Ku Steven Lazar and Susan Shaw Nanette Leonard Mario J Lopez M D Scott and Colleen Lowry Charles and Elaine Marlowe Charles and Jerry Marsee Maura Matzko Donald and Barbara McCarrick Stacey McColley Maura McMahon Medical Pavilion Walk In Clinic medicaremadesimple expert Cindy and Marc Melser M D Elwood and Margaret Miles Dalette V Miller George Douglas Miller

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100 DONATION cont d Andrea Millerschoen Brooke Minnich and Pete Parsil Joan Beverly Moeller Jay Montero Radiology Regional Mike and Sherrie Moody Angela Navarro Howard and Karen Noonan Betty Novick Judith Oswald James and Darlene Parish Jay Poindexter Ronald and Mary Lou Reed Cara and Timothy Reynolds Janice Reynolds Elaine Rice Margo and Joseph Roca Rich Risse Bruce E Rodgers William and Marilyn Schaff Barbara Schulman Dr Patricia A Scott DDS Brenton and Diane Sedgwick Nancy Sharpless Peter and Elaine Sinden Roger and Carol Sperry Dr Roger Alice and Sarah Spier Carol West Stevens James and Marlene Stice Doris Strieter Jane Sturges Dr Jose and Mrs Holly Suriol Julienne Szybalski Richard Tolson Jan and Christy Van Heek Linda Walder Kathleen Warwick Rosalyn Warren Denise and Dr Thomas Wazny Terri and Richard Whitacre John Williams Janet Wilcox William and Beverlee Winslow Jacqueline Witt Terrance and Chrisanna Wright Beverly Yankwitt Heberto Yordan Jr IN HONOR Bob Ives By Maureen Peters IN MEMORY Richard Adomatis By Sandra Adomatis Gary Badinger By the Badinger Family Rhoda Ives By Janet Baket Bob Ives Maureen Peters Gardner Kole By Kathy and Robert Strayton Sharon MacLaren By Janet Baker Barbara Berman Roger and Elizabeth DeHond Robert and Rhoda Ives Jamie and Michael Landsberg Lee McGraw and Van Lupo Andrea Millerschoen Maureen Peters Joyce Punt Donna Sheely Richard Tolson Janet Wilcox Roger Tetrault By the Tetrault family James Zachos By Alice Zachos Deceased C H A R I TA B L E G I V I N G Ticket sales cover less than half the total budget of any performing arts organization Please consider making a charitable contribution to the Punta Gorda Symphony Your gifts make these mainstage performances and all our programs possible Thank you PATRON BENEFITS SUBSCRIBER 10 discount on subscription series purchase tickets before the general public 100 DONATION program listing website listing 250 DONATION SUPPORTER all of the above benefits plus complimentary season merchandise purchase tickets before the general public 500 DONATION PATRON all of the above benefits plus invitation to one exclusive donor event date TBD as possible due to COVID 19 1 000 DONATION MUSICIAN S CIRCLE all of the above benefits plus listing on print concert banners Tempo digital program and website gift of special edition season merchandise exclusive VIP seating at outdoor concerts invitation to all exclusive donor events dates TBD as possible due to COVID 19 2 500 DONATION CONCERTMASTER S CIRCLE all of the above benefits plus social media feature Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn invitation to an open rehearsal as possible due to COVID 19 5 000 DONATION ARTIST S CIRCLE all of the above benefits plus invite to exclusive virtual or in person gatherings with Maestro Ponti 10 000 DONATION all of the above benefits plus special thank you from the stage at all concerts listing on Program Repertoire Page of Tempo digital program benefits can be customized to suit the sponsor Lists are current as of November 30 2020 and represent cumulative giving over the recent 12 months If your name is not listed where or how you expected please contact Executive Director Craig Badinger so we may address any errors 941 205 5996 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1 800 HELP FLA 1 800 435 7352 OR OUT OF STATE 850 410 3800 OR GO TO THE WEBSITE WWW FRESHFROMFLORIDA COM REGISTRATION PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 23

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WAY S T O G I V E J ust as there are many ways to engage with the Punta Gorda Symphony there are also many ways to give As you plan your charitable giving during this holiday season please consider us DONATE HERE SYMPHONY FRIENDS Give of your time and talent Volunteerism is so rewarding when done with your Friends Join this active group of like minded individuals and get involved to give back to the PGSymphony AMAZON SMILE Do you like to shop online One easy way to give back is through Amazon Smile where a percentage of your purchases can benefit us Simply log on to your Amazon account through www smile amazon com choose Punta Gorda Symphony as your designated nonprofit and shop away We congratulate the Punta Gorda Symphony for many seasons well played ANNUAL REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION Consider the PGSymphony when taking the required minimum distribution from your IRA You can have the payment directed right to us and avoid the taxes altogether ANNUAL FUND Gifts of all sizes enable us to provide quality orchestral programming to our community STOCK TRANSFER We use StockDonator com so it s easy to transfer stock as a charitable contribution LEGACY SOCIETY www charlottestatebank com 2331 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda Investments are not a deposit or other obligation of or guaranteed by the bank are not FDIC insured not insured by any federal government agency and are subject to investment risks including possible loss of principal 24 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 Please think of us when making your estate plans And if you already have us listed us in your will please notify the office so we may acknowledge you properly for this meaningful gesture

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YO U T H E D U C AT I O N All of our youth education programs have been transformed into virtual programs or placed on hold this season due to COVID 19 In July 2020 our Summer Music Camp was transformed into a virtual camp serving 28 students from as far as Virginia and Illinois Hope Academy of Music and our annual Young People s Concert which serves 1 200 third graders in Charlotte County have both been paused until pandemic conditions improve Luigi s Pizzeria AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT Celebrating 38 Years Serving Charlotte County A special thanks to a great organization Punta Gorda Symphony for an outstanding job and an undying commitment to the people of Charlotte County We are truly humbled to be a vendor for their special occasions 941 624 3535 3883 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte FL 33952 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY TEMPO DECEMBER 2020 25

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botanical sculpture Steel Palm sculpture by Jacob Kulin Come see Southwest Florida s newest botanical garden 5827 Riverside Drive Punta Gorda FL 33982 GPS 1 off Adult Admission with Ad Not valid with any other discount or during special events Come Watch Us Grow Hours Tue Sun 9am 4pm Summer hours vary please call 941 621 8299 www PeaceRiverGardens org WFL GuideMap PRBG v2 00a indd 1 PUNTA GORDA SYMPHONY T E M P O D E C E M B E R9 4 2019 2 0 2 0 21 31 39 7

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