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FORT MYERS, FL – Shell Point is expanding its emphasis in the area of arts and culture by launching its own concert series. The 2003 Shell Point Concert Series will feature four exciting performances by top professional musicians, including two in partnership with the Southwest Florida Symphony.

“Our residents have always had a passion or interest in the cultural and performing arts,” said Dawn Boren, director of resort services. “For many years, The Village Church has offered wonderful concerts of spiritual music, and they will continue this year. By adding the Shell Point Concert Series, we are able to expand the musical offerings to our community to include several new classical performances. Residents will have even more opportunities to enjoy quality musical programs and wonderful, professional entertainment right here in their own backyard!”

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Tickets: $25 per show, or $80 for the whole series. All concerts take place at The Village Church with general seating. For more information or to order tickets, call Shell Point Resort Services at (239) 454-2282.Basically Bach
featuring the Southwest Florida Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Chorus
Monday, November 25, 2002, 7:00 p.m.Feel the brilliance of Bach and sons! Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most beloved composers of all time, was also the proud father of twenty children. Tonight we delight, with Johann’s Magnificat and works by three of his brilliantly talented sons. The Southwest Florida Symphony Chamber Chorus joins us for this exceptional evening of music from Classical’s first family of music!Solaris
Friday, February 28, 2003, 7:00 p.m.

Since its formation in 1976 as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Akron, Solaris has established a reputation as one of the foremost woodwind quintets in the United States and abroad. Each member is a superb instrumentalist in their own right, but when the five are combined – flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and French horn – the result is a remarkable mix of classical interpretations, from “ars nova” to “avant garde.” “I was blown away by a wind quintet,” said Donald Rosenberg, music critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cleveland Duo with James Umble
Thursday, March 20, 2003, 7:00 p.m.

You will be intrigued and captivated by this blend of both original and transcribed master works for violin and piano, duo violin, saxophone and piano, and trio. The Cleveland Duo consists of Carolyn Gadiel Warner (pianist and violinist) and Stephen Warner (violinist), both from The Cleveland Orchestra. Joined by classical saxophonist James Umble, this trio has given acclaimed performances throughout south Florida and the Midwest, as well as on National Public Radio.

Summer Nights
featuring the Southwest Florida Symphony Chamber Orchestra and guest soloist Audrey Babcock
Monday, April 7, 2003, 7:00 p.m.

Feel the breeze in this soft, gentle night of music. With Berlioz’s Nuit d’ete, you’ll be carried above the clouds by the heavenly voice of mezzo soprano Audrey Babcock. You’ll think you are floating off your seat with Mozart’s soothing Symphony No. 25 in G minor. Join us for this intimate night of music and escape!

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Tickets: all performances are complimentary, but tickets are required. All concerts take place at The Village Church with general seating. To order tickets, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to The Village Church, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908, or stop by our offices. For more information, e-mail The Village Church.Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass
Sunday, January 5, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m.

Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass provide innovative worship for young and old alike through the “best in sacred brass music.” For more than twenty years, The King’s Brass have performed over one hundred 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 Christmas carols to patriotic marches, The King’s Brass uses all corners of the concert hall to lift hearts and spirits in praise.Diane Susek
Sunday, January 12, 6:00 p.m.

Diane has one purpose and goal in singing, and that is to honor Christ with a ministry to the minds, hearts and souls of people. This has carried her and her fabulous vocal talents through numerous radio and television appearances, Billy Graham Crusades, and more than ten albums. Said one listener, “She seems born to sing and has further developed the gift God gave her.”

Steve Amerson
Sunday, February 2, 6:00 p.m.

For most performers, being a sought-after studio singer for films like The Patriot and Beauty and the Beast, in addition to numerous television shows and commercials, would be an attainable career goal. But Steve Amerson has reason to strive for more. He uses his God-given singing talents as “America’s Tenor” to minister to people through performing, writing songs, and recording inspirational albums.

I Love America
featuring speaker Clebe McClary
Sunday, February 16, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the spirit of our great nation through music and more. Perhaps no one personifies that spirit more than Clebe McClary, a bona fide American hero. Critically wounded in Vietnam, Clebe showed the ultimate in bravery under fire both during combat and throughout his life since then. “Once you’ve heard his tale of determination,” says Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves, “your life will never be the same.”

Jaime Jorge
Sunday, March 2, 6:00 p.m.

Born in communist Cuba, Jaime Jorge showed musical promise from age three. He eventually became a violin soloist with many prestigious orchestras and groups, and though Castro’s officials continually pressured him and his family to renounce their God, they trusted in Him and eventually were allowed to move to the United States. Now he and his wife, Emily, devote themselves full time to music ministry with violin and voice.

Kurt Kaiser
Sunday, March 16, 6:00 p.m.

You’ve probably sung several of Kurt Kaiser’s songs: “Pass It On,” or “Oh How He Loves You And Me.” Now he’d like to perform for you. A pioneer in modern church music, Kurt has arranged, produced and performed with the best: Burl Ives, George Beverly Shea, Larnelle Harris, Dale Evans, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Diane Bish and more. Join him at the piano for a very special night of music.

Ballet Magnificat
Sunday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.

In a spectacular burst of light, color and sound, the stage comes alive! Graceful shapes soar. Fluent hands inspire. Radiant faces rejoice as dancers weave a tapestry of spiritual, technical and artistic excellence. You’ve never seen anything like the Ballet Magnificat, a troupe whose professionalism rivals any other company, and whose message is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Watch the ultimate in Christian art unfold beautifully before your eyes, as the company reaches out through its unique personal ministry.

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