As part of its summer/fall concert series, Shell Point Retirement Community is presenting two August concerts in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center.
The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo will perform on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Since 2013, the Baron-Navarro Piano Duo has performed a wide range of music for two pianos and piano four hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron annually tours Europe and South America, and engagements throughout the United States and Asia. He serves as the Myra and Van Williams Distinguished Professor of Music and head of keyboard studies at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music.
Peruvian pianist Priscila Navarro is the first-prize winner of several international competitions, including the Liszt-Garritson International Competition, the Imola City Awards, and the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition. She made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2013. After studying with Dr. Baron at FCGU, Navarro completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music. Recently, the duo celebrated their Carnegie Hall debut and the international release of their CD of French music for two pianos.
The Allison Duo: Saxophone and Piano concert is set for Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Their repertoire ranges from classical transcriptions to jazz, to klezmer, to the latest music for saxophone and piano. Shawn Allison received degrees in saxophone performance and composition from St. Olaf College and Ithaca College and is currently pursuing a PhD in composition from the University of Chicago. As a saxophonist, he has performed with The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Ensemble X (Ithaca), the Maverick Ensemble (Chicago), and the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble. He teaches composition at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Abbey Allison holds a double degree in piano performance and string education from Ithaca College. She has been a professional accompanist/collaborator in the Ithaca, Chicago and SW Florida areas, working with both student and professional instrumentalists and vocalists. She is the staff accompanist for the choral program at Florida Gulf Coast University and pianist for both the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers and Temple Bat Yam on Sanibel. Together, the Allisons are co-music directors of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.
Tickets are $40 for each concert. Visit online at www.TribbyArtsCenter.com for tickets or call 239-415-5667 for more information.