Music Columns

The day before Thanksgiving, 2014. I embarked on a new adventure when I began freelance writing as Music Columnist for the Charlotte County Florida Weekly. Since that first concert preview for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra the assignments just keep popping up on my To Do List. I hope you enjoy reading them as much I as I enjoyed writing them!
~ Joseph

Venice Symphony appoints new maestro

After a thorough search, the Venice Symphony board of directors announced the appointment of Troy Quinn as their music director/conductor. Continue reading ->

Venice Symphony welcomes its final maestro

The Venice Symphony’s final concert, “A Tribute to Music in Cinema,” marks not only the end to an exciting season of concerts, but also the unveiling of the final candidate in its season-long search, Continue reading ->

Charlotte Symphony celebrates Bernstein’s 100th

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the season will celebrate the American conductor, composer, pianist, writer, teacher, activist and political icon Leonard Bernstein. Continue reading ->

Charlotte Symphony pays tribute to Hollywood composers

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s next concert, “An Evening of John Williams and Friends,” will feature film scores from the greatest living composers of the silver screen, with a whopping 72 nominations and eight Oscar wins among them. Continue reading->

All Mashed Up

What do you get when you combine of the most monumental symphonies in classical music with one of the most innovative and provocative rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s? “Brahms v. Radiohead.” This unique mashup…Continue reading->

Tower of Power at Funk Fest 9

Tower of Power, which has been funkifying the world for 50 years, will be the headliner for Funk Fest 9 on March 2 and 3 in Punta Gorda. Known for its soaring horns — and backed by the tightest rhythm section on the planet,,,Continue reading ->

World-class violinist headlines Charlotte Symphony

German violin virtuoso Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for its next concert, “Ravel’s Bolero,” on Sunday, Feb. 25. On the program are American composer, conductor and educator Howard Hanson’s “Symphony No 3,” Ravel’s crowd favorite “Bolero,” and…Continue reading ->

Venice Symphony searches for new maestro

The Venice Symphony’s “Beethoven to Broadway” concerts mark the midway point to their season, aptly titled “7 Conductors 7 Concerts: Finding Maestro!” Conductor Steven Jarvi is the fourth maestro to visit Venice’s new home.. Continue reading ->


Four keyboardists shine in symphony’s ‘Pianorama’

Four gifted pianists, playing three different pianos in a repertoire spanning more than 130 years, is certainly a first for the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. The symphony’s second masterwork concert of the season, with the tongue-in-cheek title of “Pianorama,” certainly delivered. Continue Reading ->


Bob Miller … leader of the band

DAN FOGELBERG’S 1981 HIT, “THE LEADER OF THE BAND” DESCRIBES a revered band man late in life, who is tired and whose eyes are growing old. In contrast, artistic director Bob Miller Continue Reading ->


Orchestra performs masterpiece by forgotten composer

It is hard to imagine hearing a work 126 years old can be a new experience, but that is just what Charlotte audiences can expect as Maestro Raffaele Ponti and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra unveil a “new” symphony Continue Reading ->

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Charlotte Symphony concert rings in the holiday spirit

Ballerinas, seasonal carols, sleigh bells — and even a soloist playing an actual typewriter — will be featured in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s holiday pops concert, titled “Sounds of the Season.”  Continue Reading ->

Seven conductors vie to lead Venice Symphony

As in the 1960s American Western “The Magnificent Seven,” where the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson rode into town to save the day, audiences will get to experience seven baton-wielding maestros….  Continue Reading ->

Charlotte Symphony honors veterans in season opener

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a special program in tribute to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 12. A colorful program — ranging from the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Sousa marches to poignant works…Continue Reading ->

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plans for another successful season

This past season was one of the most ambitious in their history, with the symphony presenting 13 live performances — nearly double the most concerts they have ever programmed before. Continue Reading->

Southwest Florida Symphony strikes a chord with Small Stage Symphonies

Lee County’s only professional orchestra performs this series in multiple venues including the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Shell Point Village Church and the Southwest Florida Center for the Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. Continue Reading ->

Charlotte Symphony’s final concert

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s season finale will feature renowned clarinetist Franklin Cohen in a modern concerto, Continue Reading =>

Eugenia Zukerman to perform with the symphony

n addition to being a virtuoso flutist, Eugenia Zukerman — nicknamed Classical Genie — is also an Emmynominated broadcast journalist, adept music administrator, acclaimed author and an internet entrepreneur who founded ClassicalGenie, Continue Reading ->

Virtuoso pianist has a ‘license to play’

Although he may not look it — with a James Bond-like hunkiness and dreamy brown eyes — Thomas Pandolfi is a virtuosic classical pianist whose performances of Chopin and Liszt have taken him all over the world  Continue Reading ->


Young ballet dancers join the Charlotte Symphony’s “Holiday Pops” / Dec 2016

Charlotte Symphony performs a revolutionary work by Beethoven / Nov 2016

Charlotte Symphony’s new concert season is all about community / Oct 2016

Collaboration brings out the best in symphony finale / April 2016

The man with the golden violin / Feb 2016

Percussionist rocks the symphony / Feb 2016

CSO tackles Mahler’s titanic symphony / Feb 2016

Southwest Florida Symphony season opens with blockbuster performance / Dec 2015

Playing on / Nov 2015

Southwest Florida Symphony’s performance celebrates brotherhood / May 2015

Symphony’s season finale sets the stage for excellence in 2015/16 / April 2015

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra takes a personal approach to music in schools / Mar 2015

And the winner goes to… Gulf Coast Symphony brings the hits on Oscar night / Mar 2015

Gulfshore Opera presents ‘The Mikado’ in three Southwest Florida locations / Feb 2015

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra features Cuban virtuoso / Feb 2015

Armstrong’s rendition of Rhapsody shines in maestro’s debut / Jan 2015

Symphony ‘Bravura’ concert features jazz legend Marvin Stamm / Jan 2015

Charlotte Symphony’s ‘Gioioso’ concert – a joyous festival of sounds / Dec 2014


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