Richard Rodgers' Work Featured Feb. 14

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Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14, Tonto Community Concert Association presents the Matt Davenport Production "One Enchanted Evening - Remembering Richard Rodgers."

"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.

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The songs of Richard Rodgers, composed with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, are some of the most memorable throughout the world. That music is the feature of the Valentine to the Rim country from the Tonto Community Concert Association. The TCCA is presenting the Matt Davenport Production "One Enchanted Evening -- Remembering Richard Rodgers" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The program focuses on his work resulting from his collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein, and the music he produced with Lorenz Hart.

Richard Rodgers worked with many lyricists over his distinguished career, but his first notoriety came with his collaboration with Hart. Act One features Richard Rodgers' lush musical compositions, which inspired the lyrics of the sporadic and spontaneous Hart.

Act Two focuses on the second phase of Richard Rodgers' career, when the most successful partnership in Broadway history, Rodgers and Hammerstein, was formed. Unlike the Rodgers and Hart partnership, Hammerstein first composed the lyrics then Richard Rodgers created the magnificent melodies to accompany them.

Some of the most memorable songs in Broadway and popular music history are a result of these two remarkable partnerships.

The audience will enjoy a catalog of music, favorites from, "The Sound of Music" to "Blue Moon."

A company of 15, featuring eight talented singer/dancers and an orchestra of five take the stage in a Broadway-style setting combined with sparkling costumes, exciting choreography and rich musical arrangements ... it's truly one enchanted evening of entertainment.

This is a new, original production by Matt Davenport Productions, the same company that brought "I Get a Kick Out of Cole" to the Rim country during the TCCA's silver anniversary season last year.

Davenport has written numerous award-winning productions and has produced, written and directed several national tours including, "American Rhapsody," "Birth of the Beat and Ropin' the West," as well as "I Get a Kick Out of Cole."

"One Enchanted Evening -- Remembering Richard Rodgers" was conceived, written and directed by Matt Davenport of Matt Davenport Productions.

He was the creative force behind his company's national tours like "The Tennessee Waltz" and "American Rhapsody," which were a part of the International Gershwin Centennial Celebration. He has also produced and directed several productions of the Off-Broadway hit, "Always...Patsy Cline."

The remaining TCCA performances for the 2004-2005 season are:

  • 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 and is for patron level subscription holders only.

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.

For more 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 their website at www.tccarim.org.

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