Love is a Many Splendored Thing

January 29, 2023. 3:00pm

An afternoon with the North Port Symphony is like nothing else in Southwest Florida. Filled with amazing, romantic music for the ages, this concert will be a celebration of love, from Classical to Jazz to Broadway, and many stops in between. Featuring world-renown trombonist Joël Vaïsse and our very own Ken Trapp and Kathleen Karpathy of the North Port Symphony Percussion Section.

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JOËL VAÏSSE is well known to orchestras and audiences as one of the leading trombone players of our times. Principal Trombone of the Florida Orchestra under Michael Francis since November 2017, Joël was previously Principal Trombone of all the major French orchestras (Orchestre National de France from April 1999 to July 2013 under Daniele Gatti, Kurt Masur and Charles Dutoit; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Marek Janowski ; Orchestre de Paris under Christoph von Dohnanyi and Frans Brüggen; Orchestre National de Lyon under Emmanuel Krivine and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson).

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Ken and Kathleen have been percussionists with the North Port Symphony since 2014. This husband and wife duo will bring you to your feet after their exciting performance of Sejourne's "Double Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone

Kathleen Karpathy has played percussion since middle school and served as Drum Major at Citrus High School. She studied percussion at the University of South Florida with Robert McCormick and was a member of the USF Percussion Ensemble. Today, she is a Senior Strategic Account Manager at

Ken Trap has been playing drums and percussion for nearly 50 years. He has performed professionally with numerous bands, orchestras, and shows. Ken has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Florida and studied percussion under Robert McCormick. He is currently a music teacher for Sarasota County Schools.  

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Message from the Symphony President 5/6/2022

I would like to personally thank all of our patrons who helped make our return this past season a huge success. Following a year of Covid, the 2021-2022 season was questionable as we were uncertain if the pandemic would cause us to lose another season. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. A very special thanks to our donors this year. Because of your support, scholarships were awarded to five outstanding high school musicians which will assist them in attending summer music camps, pay for private lessons, and/or other music related expenses. In addition, an extra large thank you to Bocca Lupo Pizza for contributing to the symphony a portion of the proceeds from the April 19th's Pizza For a Cause fundraiser, and to those who enjoyed great food that day contributing to its success. As a result of that donation, several new instruments were donated to the North Port High School orchestra to be used by the students. Maestro Romanski is currently preparing another season of excellent music to include special guest artists that will appeal to all ages. Please continue to support this fine orchestra through your attendance and donations. I speak for all of our musicians when I say how much we appreciate you and look forward to another successful season.


Since 1984 the North Port Symphony has been entertaining audiences with programs that everyone can enjoy. From performing the somber seriousness of Beethoven to Maestro Robert’s socks, the Symphony is always a huge hit! Come join us for a fantastic 39th season of the North Port Symphony!

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