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October – November 2016

To all returning Phantoms, “Welcome back!” This is the time of year when we reflect  on those things and the people we are grateful for.  To all of our CSO supporters we offer a very earnest “Thank You!” for all the time and effort you have put forward to help make our Charlotte Symphony Orchestra such a remarkable endeavor.

The Phantoms Membership Renewals for 2016-2017 – Please note that 2015-2016 memberships expired at the end of April.

The new Phantoms Flyer and Membership Form will be available before each concert at the Phantoms membership table in the lobby.  Also, the new Membership/Renewal Form is available online at:

Download our Membership Form.

Checks should be made payable to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and sent to the CSO office at 6210 Scott Street, Unit 213, Punta Gorda, FL  33950.  Please indicate on your check that it is for Phantoms dues.


This Year’s Fundraising:  


Luau – This year’s concert season is fully underway,  Our first major fundraiser  was held on October 22.  Pat and Ken Cargill sponsored an incredible Luau at their home. Helpers included Ray and Joan Byron, Peg Kellner, Judy Prier, Bob Bechtold, Frank Sperry, Joanne Ryder, Bill Jones, Joan Lasley, Jan Baker, Regina Buckley,  Arline Fitzmaurice, Sharon Maclaren, Rosemarie Arnoldt,  Sharon Oliphant,  Rod and Dee Hall, Janet Wilcox and Liz Hutchinson-Sperry who brought this year’s “Glorious Guitar” and spent most of the evening selling raffle tickets. Attendees were provided with a fantastic meal while Tony Alonzo Smith, steel drum virtuoso, provided the entertainment!!  Even the weather cooperated! The event was a huge success, raising over $5,000 for the orchestra. We extend heartfelt thanks to Ken, Pat.

Guitar Raffle – This year Liz Hutchinson-Sperry has once again donated a guitar that she has painted in her own inimitable beautiful style. It is an amazing piece of artwork and bears the signature of Maestro Raffaele Ponti. Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. The winner of the raffle will be revealed at the last CSO concert of the season on March 19.  The guitar will be on view at all luncheons and concerts.

Composers’ Luncheon –  Luncheons are held on the first Thursday of each month during the concert season. They are co-chaired by Rosemary Arnoldt and Frank Sperry.  The first luncheon of the season was held on October 6th.  The second luncheon was held on November 3rd.   The November 3rd program included live performances by Paul Urbanick on violin, Dolores Smith and Judy Kaff at the piano. A multimedia musical/dance presentation was compiled and arranged by Frank Sperry.  The program focussed on music by Aaron Copland, one of the three composers featured in the November 14th concert. Forty-three people attended the luncheon. We are grateful to Judy Kaff for taking on the responsibility for this year’s luncheon programs.


The next Composers’ Luncheon will be held on  December 1st. The program focuses on the three composers featured in the December 4th CSO concert: Nino Rota, Alberto Ginastera and Ludwig van Beethoven. There will be a short, live musical performance by Rosario Morant and Judy Kaff on the piano, Angela Navarro on the recorder and Paul Cottrell performing on the “Glorious Guitar.” Linda Moreau will join Judy Kaff at the piano for some music featured in the CSO’s Holiday Pops concert on December 18th. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Symphony Office at 941-205-9743 by Monday Noon, November 28th.


Grub Crawl – Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of downtown Punta Gorda at the Holiday Season while sampling the bill of fare from the finest local restaurants!  The Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is holding a “Grub Crawl” which will take place on the evening of December 6, 2016, from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Local restaurants will be providing specials, along with their samples. The participating restaurants are:The Dockside Grill at The Four Points by Sheraton,The CURVE Sports Tavern at the Wyvern Hotel, Trabue Restaurant, Isabel and Annabel’s Mexican Restaurant, Leroy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Sandra’s Restaurant, El Patio Courtyard Cafe and the IceHouse Pub. The kickoff point will be at the Sheraton 4-Points Tiki Bar. Tickets are $20.00 each.  Call 941-205-9743 for more information and to reserve your spot.  Proceeds benefit the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.


Sunday Brunch –  This year’s brunch is scheduled for March 12th from 11 – 2:00 at the Twin Isles Country Club. The theme will be the “Mad Hatter.” There will be signup sheets at the concerts and the Composers’ Luncheons. The ticket cost is $40/person. Bring your friends for the FUN!


Other Phantoms Updates:

Phantoms Social Hour –  The “Dine Out” name is being changed to “Social Hour.” Plans are in in the works to have this Phantom’s social event this Spring.

Medical Grand Rounds – Phantoms Member Joan Lasley will continue to chair Medical Grand Rounds.  The next event will be held on January 28 at the Isles Yacht Club.

“Tempo” – The “Tempo” magazine will be published as a generic magazine for the whole 2016-2017 concert season.  There will be inserts particular to each concert and volunteers will be needed to work on the Saturday morning before each concert.  Rhoda Ives will organize and coordinate this activity again.  If you are interested in helping, you can call Rhoda at 941-505-8734.


Other Item:

For the December 4th concert, there will be a table set up where gifts for senior adults may be dropped off.  The Phantoms and the CSO are supporting this effort by the “Home Instead” organization, a group that supports homebound senior adults.  Please bring an unwrapped gift to the next concert if you would like to donate to this cause.


Phantoms Executive Board Meeting – The next meeting will be held on December 14th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Community Foundation building in Punta Gorda. The meeting is open to all Phantoms members.  If you would like to attend, please contact President Joan a few days ahead:  jfbyron@comcast.net.


Bob & Rhoda Ives



Phantoms Contacts:

Joan Byron, President,  jfbyron@comcast.net

Sharon MacLaren, Vice President, arlinesharon@live.com

Janet Wilcox, Secretary, locknestgardens@aol.com

Bob & Rhoda Ives, Communications Co-Chairs, rives2007@gmail.com

Email: phantoms@charlottesymphony.com



Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
6210 Scott Street, Unit 213
Punta Gorda, FL 33950