Make Time For Tonto Community Concerts This Year

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It's September and the 2004-2005 Tonto Community Concert Season will soon be under way.

It's not too late to buy a membership. The cost is $60 for a season pass to 6 or 7 performances -- one of the best deals in town. The artists come from all around the country and are absolute professionals in their field. Individual tickets for a single performance sell for $20.

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The Tonto Community Concert Association will treat season ticket holders to a special program, "Mark Twain & the Laughing River" at the conclusion of its 2004-2005 series.

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 & the Laughing River" starring Jim Post, Saturday, May 7.

All performances are at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium.

"Of all the seasons we've had, I predict this is going to be the best one of all," said Steve Solcz, who handles publicity for the TCCA. This is the group's 26th season.

About the artists

Franc D'Ambrosio thrills audiences with his beautiful Broadway renditions. His starring role in the San Francisco production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" lasted six years, earning him the title "The World's Longest Running Phantom" in 1998, after performing the role 2,600 times.

The Vega String Quartet is a bright star among the new generation of chamber music ensembles. Their pristine style, silken sounds and driving excitement have attracted international attention for more than a decade.

Gloria Loring is a singer, songwriter and actress. With her music she celebrates the joys and woes of love in all its guises. She performs selections from a wide variety of songwriters, from Cole Porter to Hoagy Carmichael to Peter Allen.

The Montana Mandolin Society is known for its own particular sound and style. They bring high voltage, positive energy to the stage.

This international mandolin ensemble represents Montana as musical ambassadors in places such as The Kennedy Center, National Public Radio and Japan.

"One Enchanted Evening" brings the music of one of America's most beloved composers, Richard Rodgers, to life. This two-act musical will showcase the career of a man responsible for some of the most beautiful melodies ever composed. The first act focuses on his work resulting from collaborating with Oscar Hammerstein, while the second act explores the music he produced with Lorenze Hart.

Alpin Hong's charismatic performance won him standing ovations and first prize in the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Hong captivates audiences with his stunning virtuosity, solid artistic vision and irreverent style. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at age 10.

Robert Post presents a laugh-out-loud evening of skits. With remarkable physical dexterity, playful satire and wit, Post creates an unforgettable host of character changes. He is witty and wise, verbal and visual, humorous and hysterical. Post's program, "Mark Twain & the Laughing River" offers a unique interpretation of Twain's humor through dialogue and song, stories and historical fact.

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

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