Cole Porter's Music To Be Celebrated In Saturday Concert

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An orchestra and singing actors bring the memorable music of Cole Porter to life in Payson next week.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting "I Get a Kick out of Cole" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

The program -- a review with a four-piece orchestra and six singing actors -- celebrates the musical genius and legacy of one of America's most beloved songwriters, Cole Porter.

"It is one of the biggest concerts we've put on," said Steve Solcz, publicity chairman for TCCA.

The production features numerous colorful costume changes of formal elegance reflecting the sleek sophistication of Porter's music. The set has multiple levels for the orchestra and cast with the focal point of an art deco backdrop.

In most cases, Porter wrote both music and lyrics for such well-known tunes as "Night and Day," "Begin the Beguine," "Don't Fence Me In," "Anything Goes," and "Friendship."

He was well educated and traveled extensively, which are both reflected in his songs. Porter was born in 1891 and died in 1964.

This production was conceived, written and directed by Matt Davenport of Matt Davenport Products. Long time TCCA subscribers will recall the "The Tennessee Waltz" and "Roping the West" with delight, when Davenport brought his productions to the Payson stage.

Local residents who are not subscribers to the season series may attend for $20. Students, up to 18, may attend free if accompanied by a concert subscriber.

For information, call (928) 474-4515 or (928) 474-6723.

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