Let Music Be The Frosting On Your Holiday Weekend

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To help finish off your Thanksgiving holiday weekend in high style, the Tonto Community Concert Association has just the thing -- a performance by the Phoenix Boys Choir, featuring both holiday tunes and classics.

The group will appear at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. at the Payson High School auditorium.

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The Phoenix Boys Choir will bring angelic sounds to the Rim country at this Sunday's 2:30 p.m. matinee performance at the Payson High School auditorium.

Since its inception in 1948, the Phoenix Boys Choir has maintained the historic tradition of singing boys and a commitment to lively entertainment.

Each season, 24 to 48 singers from the 170 members are selected for the organization's tour choir. Ranging from 10 to 14 years of age, the singers have performed before three U.S. presidents and taken three first-place honors in the 1992 international boys choir festival. The group has been recognized internationally. The tour choir has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the Orient.

This year, the Phoenix Boys Choir made its debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February, then in June, performed with the renown Vienna Choir Boys.

The choir has released eight compact discs: "Angels are Everywhere," "Once More, Just for Fun," "Our Finest Gifts," "Making Spirits Bright," "Legacy of Song," "Drops of Golden Sun," "Misa Criolla" and "Let Freedom Sing."

The group also has broadcast advertisement soundtracks for Southwest Airlines and Intel.

Soloists from the Phoenix Boys Choir have performed with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Florida Symphony, Omaha Symphony and others.

The Phoenix Boys Choir is the second largest group of its kind in the U.S. The young men who participate receive intensive training in vocal technique, music theory and appreciation. They also learn poise, self-confidence and self-discipline; develop teamwork and leadership skills, along with a strong commitment to excellence and global awareness.

Each season, the group reaches audiences of nearly 120,000 worldwide.

The artistic director of the Phoenix Boys Choir is Georg Stangelberger. He joined the organization in 1999, bringing with him more than 12 years of experience with the Vienna Choir Boys. Among his duties with the Austrian group were those of deputy artistic director and principal choir conductor.

The performance of the Phoenix Boys Choir on Nov. 30 is the third concert the Tonto Community Concert Association has presented for its silver anniversary year. Three more programs remain in the season.

The TCCA offers a great way to warm up January when it presents "I Get a Kick Out of Cole," a review honoring the musical genius of Cole Porter. The program features a cast of 10 artists, consisting of six singers/actors and a four-piece orchestra. The performance is at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31.

Paul McDermand will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12. Percussionist McDermand's performance will be enhanced by classical guitar, grand piano and full orchestration and will include standard, classical and popular works.

The TCCA's silver season will close with talented pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi appearing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2. The Italian artist was a silver medalist in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2001 and has appeared in concerts throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Subscriptions, costing $50 per person, can be purchased at any time, and single concert tickets are also available. A single performance ticket is $20 per person.

For more information, call 474-4515, 474-6115 or 474-8553 or visit the website, www.tccarim.org

Children, 18 and younger, accompanied by a ticketed adult, are admitted free.

Various memberships can also be purchased:

  • Donate $10 to $149 above the season ticket price, and become a TCCA Booster.
  • Patron level status is awarded those who contribute $150 to $499 and includes two season tickets and an invitation to all artist receptions.
  • A donation of $500 or more qualifies as a Benefactor membership and includes four season tickets and artist reception invitations.
  • Business I, a contribution of $250 to $499 nets a listing in all concert program, two tickets and an invitation to the artist receptions.
  • Business II, a donation of $500 or more results in a program listing, four tickets and an invitation to the artist receptions.

All donations over the price of the tickets is tax deductible.

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