Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off its 2013-2014 Fine & Performing Arts Concert Series with Tenor Daniel Rodriguez on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Village Church.
From "Singing Policeman" to "America's Beloved Tenor," Daniel Rodriguez is best known as the New York City police officer who helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of "God Bless America" after the terrorist attacks of 2001.
Raised in a multicultural and musical family in which his Puerto Rican roots intermingled with the rich fabric of New York City culture, he studied at the American Youth Repertory Company in Manhattan. A 16-year-old Rodriguez presented his first recital at Carnegie Hall and planned a career in music. But at age 19, he put music aside to raise his family and went to work to make ends meet, eventually becoming a police officer in 1995. He was quickly chosen as one of the designated National Anthem singers in the NYPD's ceremonial division.
At the "Prayer for America" concert at Yankee Stadium after 9/11, Placido Domingo heard Rodriguez sing and offered him an opportunity to study opera at the Domingo/Vilar Young Artists Institute in Washington D.C. Since then, he has performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the PBS Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., the Tournament of Roses Parade, the 2004 Republican National Convention and President Bush's "Celebration of Freedom" Inauguration concert. He officially retired from the NYPD in 2004 to pursue his music career full time.
Dedicated to philanthropic and charity work, it is no surprise that Rodriguez has always been a spiritual man. As he takes the stage at The Village Church, the audience will be astonished by is operatic tenor performance of many familiar patriotic songs sung in honor of our American heroes.
Concert tickets are available for $35 each, or three concerts for $90. The season of five concerts is offered for $125—a $50 savings. To purchase tickets or receive additional information about the concert series, please visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call (239) 454-2067.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public, deep water boating access with free boat dockage, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
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