At the June 13, 2018 meeting of the Phantoms Steering Committee, the following projects were approved and are being planned for the fall:
On Thursday, October 4, the first Composers Luncheon of the concert season will be held at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club on Sullivan Street. The program for this luncheon will feature an Introduction to Charlotte Symphony’s new Executive Director, Brian Laczko and a brief power point presentation of the history of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra by Arline Fitzmaurice. Arline’s presentation will be based on the history provided by Joanne Ryder in the nine volumes covering the period from 1979 through early 2017. The price for the luncheon is $15 a person. Please reserve by calling Janet Wilcox at 941-268-1626.
On Thursday, October 18, the Phantoms will sponsor an Italian dinner social/fundraiser, with a “Tribute to Italian Opera” as its theme. This theme supports the November 18 Concert of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, which includes arias by Italian composers Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Mascagni sung by members of the Gulfshore Opera.
The dinner will be held at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club on Sullivan Street. Featured will be arias from some of the well-known Italian operas and the best-known opera stars. There will be music, games, a wine and basket auction and a great Italian American classic meal – spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and cannoli included, all for just $20 per person! Bring your own bottle of wine, if you like! It all starts at 5:30 pm. Please call Janet Wilcox at 941-268-1626 to reserve.
On Thursday evening, November 8, you won’t want to miss the Phantoms Third Annual Grub Crawl on Marion Ave. Eight Marion Ave. restaurants support this fundraiser by providing tasty morsels of some of their featured menu items. It costs just $20/person to spend a delightful evening strolling Marion and checking out the restaurants. Time for this event is 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Ticket sales on Marion Ave. will end at 7:30 pm. To reserve ahead, please call Janet Wilcox at 941-268-1626.
Please mark your calendar now for these fundraising events. Remember that the proceeds from these events support your Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Don’t forget that Phantoms dues ($35 for renewals and $50 for new members) for the 2018-2019 season are now due. Checks made out to the CSO can be sent, with the membership form, Phantoms Membership, to the Symphony office at 6210 Scott St., Punta Gorda FL 33950 or payment can be made by credit card by calling the Symphony Office (941-205-5996). When filling out the membership form, don’t forget to tell us what volunteer work you would like to do for the Symphony this season.
The next meeting of the Phantoms Steering Committee will be held at 9:45 am, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Charlotte County Foundation, Education Building, at the corner of Hwy 41 South and Olympia Avenue in Punta Gorda. All are welcome.
The 2018-2019 Phantoms Steering Committee officers are: President Sharon MacLaren, Vice President Janet Wilcox, and Secretary Jan Baker.
Committee Chairs for this season are: Communications Chair Bob Ives, Composers Luncheon Co-Chairs Barbara Berman and Barbara McCarrick, Marketing Chair Bob Bechtold, Membership Chair Jan Baker, Musicians Luncheon Chair Arline Fitzmaurice, and Social Chair Janet Wilcox.