The new South Shore Symphony Orchestra will be performing their second of three free summer concerts on Friday, July 2nd at 7PM at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, in Sun City Center. “Nearly 500 folks turned up for the first free summer concert in May, so this one should be packed,“ said Jeff Jordan, Principal Conductor of the new ensemble. On July 2nd, the Orchestra will be performing Star, a unique arrangement of the National Anthem, America the Beautiful with vocal soloist Guedye St. Jean who will also be the narrator for Copland’s powerful Lincoln Portrait, two well-known Sousa marches, Tchaikovsky’s enduring 1812 Overture, and other patriotic favorites. The Sun City Center Bell Ensemble will also present an arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic as well as participate in the finale of the Tchaikovsky.

The brain-child of local musician Dominick Galati, the SSSO was formed to offer local musicians a year-round opportunity to play with other professionals in bringing great concert music to South Hillsborough County. One of its long-term goals is to provide scholarships to promising young musicians in the area. Said Galati, ”There are many people in this area that are unwilling or unable to drive into the city to attend classical concerts such as these. We hope to bring the music to them.” Jordan and Galati came up with the idea of offering three free summer concerts to help introduce the orchestra to the South Hillsborough County community. The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center has graciously opened their doors for rehearsals and supported the ensemble from the start. The summer concerts will be funded by local sponsors and through a free will offering taken at each concert.

A final free summer concert will be performed on August 13th and will feature works by Haydn, Gould, Johann Strauss, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. These summer concerts are free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted. For more information about the SSSO, sponsorship opportunities, the summer concert series, or for audition information, please contact Dom Galati at (813) 671-4154 or Jeff Jordan at (813) 260-0153.

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