The Village Church At Shell Point Announces The 2009-2010 Season Of Praise Concert Series

FORT MYERS, FL. (August 17, 2009) – The line up for the 2009/2010 Season of Praise Concert Series at The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community has been announced by Randy Woods, minister of worship and music for The Village Church. This series of uplifting sacred music and gospel songs will offer a total of six different performers throughout the series. The artist roster and dates are as follows:

Damaris Carbaugh Sunday ~ November 8, 2009

Jane Holstein & Joel Raney Sunday ~ December 13, 2009

Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass Sunday ~ January 10, 2010

The National Christian Choir with Harry Causey Saturday & Sunday ~ February 13 & 14, 2010

David Kim, Principle Violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Ron Matthews, piano Sunday ~ March 21, 2010

Chelsea Chen, organist Easter Sunday ~ April 4, 2010

“The Season of Praise series is an annual event that residents and visitors alike have enjoyed for many years at The Village Church,” says Pastor Woods. “Each season we try to provide a variety of musical presentations to inspire delight audiences.”

Tickets will be available for purchase starting on October 5, 2009 and are $10 each. To purchase tickets, or receive additional information about the concert series, please call (239) 454-2147 or go to .

The Village Church at Shell Point is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and serves a congregation of more than 600. The Village Church is located near the entrance to the Island at Shell Point and seats 1,000 people. Shell Point Retirement Community is a continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.

Concert Series Detailed Descriptions:

Damaris Carbaugh — Sunday ~ November 8, 2009
Gifted singer, Damaris Carbaugh, will open the concert season with her unique blending of inspirational gospel music. Damaris is a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and can often be seen on the “Day of Discovery” television program. Her depth of love and devotion to God is so evident through her special gift of song.

Jane Holstein & Joel Raney — Sunday ~ December 13, 2009
The Christmas Season will feature a festive celebration with The Village Church Choir presenting original music and arrangements of traditional carols by the gifted writer Joel Raney. A talented composer, creative arranger and gifted concert pianist, Joel will join forces with organist Jane Holstein to perform a variety of styles in sacred and classical music. Joel Raney and Jane Holstein are significantly recognized for their work with Hope Publishing Company.

Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass — Sunday ~ January 10, 2010
It has become a tradition to begin the New Year at The Village Church with a concert featuring Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass. Because of the overwhelming popularity, this year they will present a concert on Sunday evening, January 10. Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass provide innovative worship through the “best in sacred brass music.” By teaming together, these Christian professionals from around the United States perform their original arrangements as heard on their eight recordings. For more than 20 years, The King’s Brass have performed over 100 concerts each season with three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards, and percussion. Playing a wide variety of music from Gabrieli to hymn classics, from Handel to jazz spirituals, from gospel songs to patriotic marches, The King’s Brass uses all corners of the concert hall to lift hearts and spirits in praise.

The National Christian Choir with Harry Causey — Saturday & Sunday ~ February 13 & 14, 2010
From our nation’s capital, under the direction of Dr. C. Harry Causey, The National Christian Choir will be in concert at Shell Point. Founded in 1984 by its current Music Director, C. Harry Causey, the NCC is comprised of over 150 singers from more than 100 different churches throughout the greater Washington, DC area. In addition to their live presentations throughout the US and abroad, the choir’s library of recordings are widely received. Also, their weekly inspirational broadcast, “Psalm 95” is heard on over 400 radio stations (including the Moody Broadcasting Network) in every state, all of Canada and beyond.

David Kim, Principle Violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Ron Matthews, piano — Sunday ~ March 21, 2010
On Sunday evening, March 21, Shell Point will host the world renowned violinist, David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at age three and later received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986 he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. David is a superb musician whose technical skillful playing creates a luscious tone which glows with old-school warmth. He will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist, Dr. Ron Matthews, Chairman of the Music Department at Eastern University. Their concert will include Massenet’s “Meditation from THAIS,” Brahms’ “Sonatensatz,” and selections from his latest recording, “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”

Chelsea Chen, organist — Easter Sunday ~ April 4, 2010
The concert series will conclude with a festive Easter Celebration on Sunday, with organist, Chelsea Chen. A young talent in top form, Chelsea’s playing has been described as “stunning” and possessing “lovely lyrical grandeur” (Los Angeles Times). Chelsea Chen has electrified audiences throughout the United States and Asia. A Juilliard graduate and Fulbright scholar, she is broadening the classical organ repertoire with her own Asian-inspired compositions. In the past year she performed to great acclaim at Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, and Los Angeles’s Disney Hall.

Chelsea recorded her debut CD and DVD, “Live at Heinz Chapel,” on the Heinz Chapel organ. Her playing has since been aired on, “Pipedreams” from American Public Media, Hawaii Public Radio, and Taiwan’s Good News Radio. Her distinctive flair and bravado, mastery of repertoire, and command of the instrument will dazzle the listener and show the church’s four manual Allen organ to great effect.

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