To say thank you to the Rim country residents that have supported it for the past 25 years, the Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting a free concert and Native American dance and music later this month.
The concert, featuring The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will be at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers present a repertoire of authentic Apache, Southwest and Northern Plains dances which are colorful and educational. The group's program includes such things as the exciting Hoop Dance and the beautiful Apache Rainbow Dance, enhanced by native sign language and traditional Native American flute music.
The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers are based in Mesa, Ariz., and are on the roster of prestigious artists available for performances through the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Commission on the Arts.
Between 1989 and 1999, it was the official Indian dance group of the Arizona State Fair and has performed with the Phoenix Symphony in its Family Dance Series.
The group has been among the featured artists at international festivals in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Taiwan and Germany and has also been showcased at the famous Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico. Additionally, The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers have been on both ABC and PBS national performing arts specials.
All season ticket holders were offered free tickets at the TCCA's March 12 and April 2 concerts.
About 200 extra tickets will be available to the general public on a first come-first-serve basis at the Library on Wednesday, April 7, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Each individual can get up to four tickets.
If there are tickets remaining after the April 7 distribution, they will be available at the library the following Wednesday, April 14, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call Eloise Jones at (928) 478-4363 regarding availability.
TCCA is looking for new subscribers in order to keep the price of the season tickets as low as possible. As it is, the $60 for 6-7 performances is still one of the best deals in town. The artists come from all around the country and are absolute professionals in their field. For example, next season there will be two stars from Broadway, as well as a number of first class musicians and groups. For further information, call Eloise Jones (928) 478-4363, Marilyn Wolfe (928) 474-6115 or Steve Solcz (928) 474-6723 or check out their website at www.tccarim.org.