Get into the holiday spirit; bring a lawn chair and a friend when the Bonita Springs Concert Band presents their free annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita Springs.
The group will open with “This is the most wonderful time of the year”. Other holiday favorites include “Fresh Aire Christmas” by Mannheim Steamroller, “Christmas on Broadway” and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
Popular singer Jennifer Gilmore will perform “The Girl from Ipanema” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street”.
“Jennifer Gilmore has a unique voice,” says Amanda Devine, CEO and consultant at Totally Unique Ideas. “The range of his voice is amazing! She can sing literally anything, from popular songs to opera, which makes for amazing sound. It’s quite rare to have such incredible talent. What makes her performance even more spectacular is that she sings with feeling and passion – she sings a story that takes her audience on a journey into her magical world of music. Jennifer Gilmore with her brilliant voice was born to sing “
The members are under the direction of Gary Smith, who retired after 24 years as conductor of the Marching Illini Band and the Symphonic Band at the University of Illinois. This is the 8th season that Mr. Smith is leading the group. “The talent of these musicians is enormous, ranging in age from 15 to 90 years old,” said Mr. Smith.
Become a “friend of the group” for only $ 50. For more information, visit www.bonitaspringsconcertband.org. The concert will also be available to stream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bonitaspringsconcertband ¦