By Kathy Collins

The Thank God It’s Variety Concert Series presented by the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center (UMCSCC) has something for all music lovers, so be sure to mark your calendar to attend one of the concerts coming up during September and October.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. The cost to attend the concerts is $5 with the exception of the Bel Canto Singers which will cost $10.

On Friday, September 25, UMCSCC is excited to host Country Gospel singer, Debbie Domer. Jeff Jordan, director of worship arts for UMCSCC said, “This is a family affair for this family from Ohio. Mom writes the songs, Debbie sings them and Dad drives the bus. Debbie has 12 CDs to her credit, and her shows are full of beautiful music and testimony.”

On Friday, October 2, come see Walt Dunn and Swing Thing Great Dixieland Jazz Band. Jordan said, “While this is the first visit for this group, they bring a troupe of fans with them who love their genuine Dixieland sound.”

On Friday, October 16, you will not want to miss pianist, Lorne Matthews. Jordan said, “Matthews is a living legend in a league of his own.” Matthews uses the very latest in digital keyboards and computerized equipment. Jordan added, “Lorne has made a connection with the youth culture, while at the same time, using many familiar hymns to the delight of the senior citizens. This type of entertainment as well as musical worship and praise will be a blessing to every age.”

On Friday, October 23, come see a local favorite, The Jack Edison Big Band. You can hear traditional big band sound as well as many favorites from the Swing Era.

Finally, on Friday, October 30, UMCSCC will host the Bel Canto Singers as they present Popera. Jordan said, “This group of professional opera and art song performers bring us a mixture of pop and opera for an evening of great music.”

Jordan said of the series, “Our goal with the Thank God Its Variety concert series is to present a wide variety of musical events at affordable prices. Many of the folks in our community can’t afford or are unable to attend musical events in Tampa or Sarasota. We hope that they’ll join us for entertaining and often educational music and arts programs.”

For more information, visit or call 634-2539.

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