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Summer Music Series returns to Shell Point

By Staff | Apr 27, 2011

Grammy nominated Dan McMillion and his jazz orchestra will perform on June 14.

Shell Point Retirement Community will again offer a Summer Music Series which will be open to the general public, as well as Shell Point residents. This series will include three performances by talented performers in the Church Auditorium located on The Island of Shell Point.

The artist roster and dates are as follows:

• Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra — Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a tribute to the Great Jazz Orchestra’s, as you hear the powerful arrangements from the bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenten and Maynard Ferguson.

Leader Dan McMillion has played with some of the greats in jazz including Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, Carmen McCrae, and the Four Freshmen. The orchestra recorded six CD’s on the SeaBreeze jazz label. His 2002 CD, “Got The Spirit,” was nominated for a Grammy Award.

The internationally-acclaimed Crossroads Quartet will perform on July 22.

• Crossroads Quartet — Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Crossroads Quartet is a highly anticipated new vocal quartet steeped in the tradition of the Barbershop genre. Crossroads entertains with a wide variety of musical styles in addition to Barbershop, including vocalizing, Blues, Gospel, standards from the Great American Songbook and Pop Classics.

Crossroads boasts four very versatile champion vocalists all who have earned the coveted “Gold Medal” awarded each year by the Barbershop Harmony Society World Champion Quartet. In 2009, they were International Champions.

• Reiko, Violinist and Friends — Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Reiko is a native of Tokyo, Japan and attended the prestigious Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, where she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Following her graduation, Reiko came to the United States and continued her training at the celebrated University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under world renowned Italian violinist Franco Gulli.

Violinist Reiko Niiya-Chow and Friends will perform on Aug. 18.

In 1982, Reiko moved to Fort Myers to begin her career as the Concert Master of the Southwest Florida Symphony. She has served as concert master for six orchestras and became one of the most prominent freelance violinists in the county. Reiko and Friends will present a concert of both classical and popular favorites.

“We are very excited that we can bring the summer music series back, and hope to make this an annual event for Southwest Florida residents who are here year round,” says Dawn Boren, Director of Resident Life. “Last summer we had a full house for every performance, and the feedback from the audience was wonderful. This musical series gives residents who stay in Southwest Florida through the summer the opportunity to enjoy a variety of performances.”

Tickets are on sale now and the entire concert series with all three concerts can be purchased for $35, or concert tickets can be bought individually for $15. To purchase tickets, or receive additional information about the concert series, please call 239-454-2067.