Shell Point Announces 2017 Summer Concert Series

Six Performances Showcase Local Talent for Southwest Florida Audiences

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – Tickets are now available for Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2017 Summer Concert Series, which features six performances that begin in May and continue through September. The series offers diverse, affordable options for musical entertainment during the summer.

Gulfshore Children’s Ballet, Pianist Richard Dowling Presents Great Scott, and the Miami Music Festival begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Village Church on the The Island, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers; individual tickets cost $25. The Sanibel Trio, Amernet String Quartet, and the Wild Coffee Duo begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers, tickets for those events cost $20. Purchase tickets online at or by calling (239) 454 – 2067.

Kicking off on Friday, May 12 with the Gulfshore Children’s Ballet, the Shell Point Summer Concert Series also welcomes The Sanibel Trio, on Monday, May 22, Pianist Richard Dowling Presents Great Scott on Friday, June 16, Miami Music Festival Performance on Tuesday, July 18, Amernet String Quartet on Tuesday, Aug. 29; and Wild Coffee Duo on Thursday, Sept. 7.

“The Shell Point Summer Concert Series is back with an engaging lineup of highly acclaimed musicians,” said Laura Slack, director of Resident Life. “This season we are ‘going local’ with many talented performers from right here in sunny Southwest Florida – along with some nationally known artists.”

Summer Concert Series Performance Summary                                                                    Watch as Gulfshore Children’s Ballet brings Shakespeare’s classic tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream come to life on stage. Gulfshore Ballet, Southwest Florida’s premier not-for-profit school of classical ballet, founded in 2000, raises an awareness and appreciation of classical ballet in Lee County. The highly acclaimed group of dancers will perform at Shell Point on Friday, May 12.

The Sanibel Trio is an unusual combination of a violinist, violist and a pianist all of whom are residents of Sanibel Island. Renata Arado, Espen Lilleslatten, and Erik Entwistle formed their intimate group in 2016. The unique mixture of instruments allows audiences to experience both familiar and lesser-known musical masterpieces, as well as works that have been composed or arranged especially for the group. During this performance on Monday, May 22, enjoy Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, Bach’s Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude and Erik Entwistle’s own Sanibel Suite.Acclaimed pianist Richard Dowling Presents Great Scott!, a solo piano recital featuring all six of Scott Joplin’s piano works used in the 1974 Academy-Award-winning movie The Sting, plus many other well-known and rarely-heard works of Joplin. Dowling will conclude with a magnificent piano transcription of A Real Slow Draw, the final number from Scott Joplin’s opera Tremonisha on Friday, June 16.

On Tuesday, July 18, Miami Music Festival assembles some of the most talented young singers from the top American conservatories and music schools. This summer, East Coast meets West Coast when a group of exceptional vocalists bring a collection of exhilarating opera arias and poignant American art songs to Shell Point. Enjoy this evening of exquisite music with the next generation of singing stars!

Don’t miss an old world flavor performance at Shell Point on Tuesday, August 29, as Amernet String Quartet presents a chamber-style setting that lets audience members mix and mingle with performers. The quartet is comprised of cellist Jason Calloway, along with violinists Misha Vitenson, Franz Felkl, and Michael Klotz. The talented ensemble of musicians have garnished recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets, praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” sound.

Wild Coffee Duo is a classically trained chamber music group formed in 2015 by pianist Abbey Allison and cellist Susie Kelly. Shell Point’s Summer Series will conclude on Thursday, Sept. 7, with a performance from this versatile and musically inclined pair.


About Shell Point Retirement Community 

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-780-1131.


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