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FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 20, 2022) – As part of its Summer/Fall Concert Series, Shell Point Retirement Community is presenting two August concerts in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center.
The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo will perform on Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m. Since 2013, the Baron-Navarro Piano Duo has performed a wide range of music for two pianos and piano four hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron annually tours Europe and South America, and engagements throughout the United States and Asia. He serves as the Myra and Van Williams Distinguished Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music. Peruvian pianist Priscila Navarro is the first-prize winner of several international competitions, including the Liszt-Garritson International Competition, the Imola City Awards, and the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition. She made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2013. After studying with Dr. Baron at FCGU, Navarro completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music. Recently, the duo celebrated their Carnegie Hall debut and the international release of their CD of French music for two pianos.
The Allison Duo: Saxophone and Piano concert is Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. Their repertoire ranges from classical transcriptions to jazz, to klezmer, to the latest music for saxophone and piano. Shawn Allison received degrees in saxophone performance and composition from St. Olaf College and Ithaca College and is currently pursuing a PhD in composition from the University of Chicago. As a saxophonist, he has performed with The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Ensemble X (Ithaca), the Maverick Ensemble (Chicago), and the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble. He teaches composition at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Abbey Allison holds a double degree in piano performance and string education from Ithaca College. She has been a professional accompanist/collaborator in the Ithaca, Chicago, and Southwest Florida areas, working with both student and professional instrumentalists and vocalists. She is the staff accompanist for the choral program at Florida Gulf Coast University and pianist for both the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers and Temple Bat Yam on Sanibel. Together, the Allisons are co-music directors of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.
Tickets are $40 for each concert. Visit TribbyArtsCenter.com for tickets or call 239-415-5667 for more information.
The $25 million, 44,000-square-foot arts center opened in spring 2021 and is home to musical, educational and theatrically programming at Shell Point. The Tribby Arts Center includes the 400-seat Connie Brown Hall and three art galleries showcasing work from residents, as well as regional and national artists. Visitors to the Tribby Arts Center can relax in the Tribby Café, reflect in the outdoor sculpture garden, and find something special in Serendipity, the Tribby gift shop.
Shell Point’s unparalleled lifestyle offers a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired restaurants and charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails.
About Shell Point
Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further information, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.