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Punta Gorda Symphony Performs “Spiritualist” by Grammy Award Winning Composer Kenneth Fuchs

Dario Acosta
Composer Kenneth Fuchs

The Punta Gorda Symphony’s classical concert series continues Sunday evening with a program featuring composer Kenneth Fuchs’ Piano Concerto “Spiritualist,” featuring soloist Jeffrey Biegel.  The world premiere recording of this work, which also featured Biegel with the London Symphony Orchestra, garnered a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.

Previous recordings of Fuch’s compositions by the London Symphony Orchestra have received Grammy nominations.

Ahead of the concert, we sit down with composer Kenneth Fuchs for a closer examination of what inspired “Spiritualist” and his life journey through music.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.