Start The New Year With A Community Concert

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The second half of 2004-2005 Tonto Community Concert Season starts this month with a performance by The Montana Mandolin Society.

It's not too late to buy a membership. The cost is $60 -- 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. Including the mandolin group, there are four programs yet to be held this season, plus a bonus performance for patron ticket holders.

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A Montana Mandolin Society experience takes you back to a gentler, more graceful age that evokes images of horse drawn carriages, lamplight parlors, and Sunday picnics. The concert features a remarkable historic repertoire of contemporary classics and original compositions.

The remaining 2004-2005 season includes:

  • 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

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

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

The group's show is more than a mandolin orchestra concert. It is a multi-dimensional evening of music, history and a variety of musical styles woven together through the entire orchestra. The group is comprised of extremely talented individuals coming from different fields of jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock & roll and folk music.

The Montana Mandolin Society was organized in 1999 as the resurrected orchestra from 1902s Bozeman Mandolin Club. The goal of the Montana Mandolin Society is one of education, preservation, and community service.

They work together with communities and local schools in educational interpretation of the music and the enjoyment of acoustic instruments. Music is the ideal vehicle for community service. They are celebrating and preserving the mandolin music and tradition of the Bozeman Mandolin and Guitar Club circa 1902 and moving into the next decade.

Members of the Montana Mandolin Society include:

  • Dennis White, director-program narrator, playing mandolin, violin, guitar, banjo;
  • Jesse Ahmann, on cello-mandocello;
  • Kevin Fabozzi, mandolin, mandola;
  • Eddy Garci, mandolin;
  • Craig Hall, guitar, bass;
  • Dennis Hunt, mandola, guitar, banjo;
  • Eric Lange, mandolin, banjo, guitar;
  • Lindsay Turnquist, hammer dulcimer, octave mandolin;
  • Megan Waldum, mandolin;
  • Sara Williams, violin;
  • Lori Brockway, business manager.

"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.

Jim 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 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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