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Gulf Coast Symphony to celebrate 50th anniversary of lunar landing

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The Gulf Coast Symphony performs its second of three summer concerts in July.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with the Gulf Coast Symphony at its Space: The Final Frontier concert on July 20 at 7 p.m. Enjoy clips of the historic landing and commentary from astronauts involved in the extraordinary mission that displayed man’s ingenuity and resolve.
The program will feature music that celebrates space in cinema, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30), Star Trek, Apollo 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Holst’s The Planets. Joel Banow will join the symphony as master of ceremonies. Banow directed the CBS television broadcast of the lunar landing on July 20, 1969.
Two local favorites join the symphony for the Give My Regards to Broadway! concert on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Mark Sanders and Carolann Sanita join the Gulf Coast Symphony for a delightful program of Broadway favorites. From toe-tapping tunes to memorable ballads, these two singers will bring their charm and talents to some of Broadways best songs.
Mark Sanders is a South Florida resident who has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world, including regular performances with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Mark was seen as Perchik on the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof and recently portrayed ‘Bud’ Johnson in the critically acclaimed production of The Bridges of Madison County at SlowBurn Theatre Company in Fort Lauderdale.
Carolann Sanita is a New York City native now living in Naples. She has toured as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story.
All of the summer concerts will be performed at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. To purchase tickets, call 239-481-4849 or visit www.GulfCoastSymphony.org.

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