Pine Shores’ 2018 – 2019 Concert Series

Pine Shores sponsors an annual Concert Series which is free and open to the public October through March. A variety of genres is presented. Interested in supporting this program?  Please call our Music Director Rick Holdsworth to find out how, music@pineshorespres.org, (941)922-1597, ext. 104. Click on picture below to view and download the brochure:

2018-2019 Concert Series

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
The Ellington Hour

The Ellington Hour is an instrumental musical concert that portrays the classic music of Duke Ellington in a Jazz Sextet format.  The majority of the selections are recreations of his classic recordings, Cotton Club Stomp, Perdido, Black and Tan Fantasy, East St. Louis Toodle-O, A Train, Concerto for Cootie, The Mooch and Mood Indigo just to mention a few.  The instrumentation consists of Trumpet, Trombone, Reeds (clarinet, saxophones) Piano, Bass and Drums.  This group amazingly performs Duke’s greatest hits in an acoustical environment when possible.  In other words, NO MICROPHONES.  The arrangements for sextet have been carefully crafted by Greg Nielsen who is the trombonist and band leader in this group.

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Organist John Dixon

Born in England in 1957, John Dixon moved to America in 1988.  Although he earned degrees in engineering and business, music has always been an important part of his life.  His composing has flourished at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, where he has served as organist and composer-in-residence since 1998.  John now has nearly 700 compositions to his credit, and his music has been performed around the world.  He holds the Colleague certificate of the American Guild of Organists.

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Florida Southern College Chamber Singers
Dr. Beth Gibbs, conductor

The Chamber Singers is the premiere touring choir of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.  Composed of undergraduate students majoring in a variety of fields, the Chamber Singers represents the highest caliber of student at Florida Southern and it’s Department of Music.  The group is chosen by audition and performs a mixture of many different kinds of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.  Many members have strong solo backgrounds as well, studying opera and musical theatre.

Beth Gibbs is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.  She earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University in DeLand, FL.  Dr. Gibbs also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, in conjunction with Michael Francis and The Florida Orchestra.  Active as a performer, she has been a soloist for several oratorio and opera roles, and has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, and has also performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas and Helmuth Rilling.

Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Maryville College Concert Choir

The Maryville College Concert Choir was organized in 1917 for the purpose of singing vesper services and was originally named the Vesper Choir. It became a part of the music curriculum in 1936 and underwent a name change to the “Maryville College Concert Choir” in 1954. Of the numerous fine directors, the one with the longest tenure is Dr. Harry H. Harter, who led the group from 1947 until his retirement in 1981. Current director is Stacey Murphy Wilner, who is the director of choral activities at Maryville College. Wilner has served as past president and as the repertoire and standards chair of the Tennessee chapter of ACDA.

Today, members of the Concert Choir serve as musical ambassadors for the college, touring both domestically and internationally. Participation is by audition only and many of the students are music or choral scholarship recipients. This year’s Bicentennial “Make Our Garden Grow” will feature choir stories from past, along with choral literature suggested by alumni of the college and will include favorite works by composers such as Randall Thompson, Anton Bruckner, and Pavel Tchesnokov.

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble

The State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble consists of approximately 10 to 15 classical/acoustic guitarists that come from many diverse musical backgrounds. Entry into the ensemble is by audition. The group plays a wide range of musical styles that include the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and many modern styles such as bossa nova, pop, rock, and avante garde. In any given year they may play a fugue by Bach, a serenade by Mozart, a newly commissioned work dedicated to them, and even the music of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and more. Led by SCF Music Instructor, Rex Willis, an internationally recognized composer, the ensemble has performed premieres of Willis’ original works, with many of these pieces receiving publication. In addition to playing local concerts in SCF’s Neel Performing Art Hall and area high schools, the ensemble has performed out of town including the Guitar Sarasota Concert Series, River Walk Festivities and in Ybor City/Tampa for the FSMTA Collegiate Convocation. The SCF Guitar Ensemble takes pride in both authentic period performance and in “pushing the envelope” with the unexpected.