Gulf Coast Symphony celebrates holidays with concerts

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Gulf Coast Symphony presents a variety of musical events in December at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and its own Music and Arts Community Center.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

The Nutcracker with the Gulf Coast Symphony will be presented Dec. 4 at 3 and 8 p.m. at Mann Hall. This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world. The Gulfshore Ballet and the Gulf Coast Symphony present the timeless Tchaikovsky classic in a glorious production.

Santa Claus and Maestro Andrew Kurtz

The Deck the Halls holiday concert with the Gulf Coast Symphony is scheduled for Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The festive sounds of the season ring through the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, as the Gulf Coast Symphony and Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers present your favorite holiday medleys. From Leroy Anderson’s endearing Sleigh Ride, a medley of music from Christmas movie classics, to Silent Night as arranged by Mannheim Steamroller, and much, much more.
For tickets to shows at Mann Hall, call 239-481-4849 or visit

Music & Arts Community Center

Holiday Jazz at the MACC is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The Gulf Coast Jazz Collective celebrates the holiday season with special guest artists saxophonist Valerie Gillespie and trombonist Herb Bruce and brings the Collective’s special swinging style to holiday classics. Gulf Coast Jazz Collective founded in 2021, the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective brings the best of live Jazz performance to Southwest Florida. Under he artistic direction of drummer, educator, composer & arranger Paul Gavin, the Jazz Collective invites the best artists from the country to collaborate in concerts that span the entire genre of jazz.

Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra performs Dec. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the MACC. The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra brings the spirit of the holiday season to the center with a celebration of music from around the world. Holiday favorites include Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Mannheim Steamroller version of “Stille Nacht,” a suite of Hanukkah melodies and more. Guest vocalist is Mark Sanders.
The MACC is located at 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers (just off Daniels Parkway). For tickets to shows at the MACC, call 239-277-1700 ext 108 or visit


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