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Celebrating 40 Years

Forty years ago today, January 21, 1984, the North Port Orchestra, as it was called then, held its inaugural performance at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Sumter Avenue in North Port.

The group was formed by a handful of 15 local residents, who were interested in playing music for their own pleasure, as well as the community. After almost one year of recruiting retired professional and amateur musicians from the area, the first concert was held.

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A Message from the President


Hello friends and music lovers. Can you believe this is the last concert of the 2023-2024 season with the North Port Symphony. I hope that you have enjoyed our masterful mix of classical, contemporary and popular music. It has been a privilege to entertain and welcome you to our musical family each month. This season we have had many notable guest musicians and vocalists. Last month we really performed outside of the box and featured an original composition by guest artist and classical guitarist Jessy Leros and a rocking version of the theme to “Inception” by classically trained pianist Melissa Petrescue. Today, our favorite vocalist and Maestro’s stepdaughter Alexa Lowrey will join us onstage for a salute to Broadway and more.

This year had been a historic year we celebrated our 40th year of sharing the joy of music in the North Port Community. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we hosted our first ever fundraising gala on March 2, 2024 at the Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. More than 100 guests filled the room adorned with stunning floral arrangements, dynamic live music and exceptional food and drink. We saw many patrons as well as made new friends with area business leaders and individuals who pledged their support to the Symphony. As a result, this Summer, the North Port Symphony is pleased to announce that it will hold an 8-day Strings Summer Camp for students entering the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Please visit our website for more information and how to enroll your child or grandchild. Our goal is to instill the love of playing a string instrument to ensure that live music lives on in this community.

If you were unable to attend the event, please consider a donation of any amount to the symphony. It is through your generous support that we can continue to provide a quality musical experience and continue our many outreach programs for the area. The camp is only one of many goals we would like to achieve in the future. Please also consider becoming a Friend of the Symphony. Our “Friends” are needed to volunteer to help usher, take tickets and assist with other concert or community related event during next season.

Again, thank you for a wonderful season and for your on-going support and patronage. It takes all of us to keep live music alive in our community. It continues to be my privilege to be a part of this group of talented professional, amateur and student musicians.

Kathleen Karpathy

Percussionist and North Port Symphony Board President

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Sharing the Joy of Music

The North Port Symphony was founded in 1983 by a handful of local residents who were interested in playing music for their own pleasure as well as for the community. St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church served as the Symphony’s home until November of 2001 when we moved to our current home in the Music Suite adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on the North Port High School Campus. The Symphony is composed of advanced amateur and professional musicians. Programs include classical, contemporary and popular music. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the North Port Symphony is to share the joy of music.

Vision Statement

To be the most welcoming community orchestra in southwest Florida and to cultivate a sense of belonging between our patrons, musicians, students, and community.

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