The Tonto Community Concert Association began its 23rd season Monday evening by presenting the spectacular Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats in the Payson High School auditorium.
This was one of the most captivating performances I have ever attended. Rim country adults and children were spellbound as they witnessed unbelievable feats of skill and daring. It was hard to believe our eyes and harder still to describe.
We held our breath as a young man built a tower of chairs in the aisle amidst the spectators. The legs of the bottom chair rested upon four upright wine bottles. As he built, he climbed, ultimately performing a one-handed handstand and other stunts on top of the wobbling tower that nearly reached the ceiling of the auditorium.
Along with breathtaking acrobatics, the troupe also performed cultural dances with elaborate costumes and amazing magic.
Those of us who attended are truly grateful to the Tonto Community Concert Association for bringing such quality entertainment to Payson. If you've never taken advantage of the concert series, I encourage you to give it a try. You will not be disappointed. Here's what we have to look forward to:
Nov. 2 - Richard Glazier, pianist; Jan. 15 - Alison England, soprano; Feb. 10 - Alborada The Batista Family Show; March 26 - Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer; April 14 - The Wood's Tea Company; April 30 - Linda Wang, violinist.
Admission is by subscription ticket ($50 for the concert season) or for a single performance ($20). Students up to high school are free if accompanied by a ticketed adult.
For more information, call 474-8141 or 474-6115.
Richard Haddad, publisher