Native American And Music Program Comes To Payson

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To say thank you to the Rim country residents who have supported it for the past 25 years, the Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting a free concert and Native American dance and music Sunday.

The concert, featuring The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Traditional Hoop Dancing, with its drama and color, is one of the specialities of The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, who will perform this Sunday.

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, 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 were distributed to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the library on April 7 and April 14. While all the extra tickets were distributed, there is a possibility of seats not being claimed at the concert. Anyone interested in taking a chance on grabbing an open seat is welcome to come to the auditorium the day of the concert, but there are no guarantees.

The coming season

The TCCA is starting its membership campaign for the 2004-2005 season. It 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 fields.

The 2004-2005 season includes seven concerts, plus a bonus concert for patrons. Scheduled to appear are Franc D'Ambrosio, who will present a concert of Broadway songs, Saturday, Sept. 11; The Vega String Quartet, which will perform Friday, Oct. 8; vocalist and actress Gloria Loring will present "An Evening for Friends & Lovers" Tuesday, Nov. 8; The Montana Mandolin Society will have a program Thursday, Jan. 13; for Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14, the Matt Davenport Production "One Enchanted Evening -- Remembering Richard Rogers," will be presented; pianist Alpin Hong will perform Tuesday, March 1; and the Robert Post one-man show, "POSTman Delivers" is Sunday, April 24. The bonus concert is "Mark Twain and the Laughing River" starring Jim Post, Saturday, May 7.

All performances are at the Payson High School Auditorium.

For further information, call Eloise Jones (928) 478-4363, Marilyn Wolfe (928) 474-6115 or Steve Solcz (928) 474-6723, or check out the association's website at www.tccarim.org.

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