Tcca Hosts Acclaimed Guitarist

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Tonto Community Concert Association's next concert will feature guitarist Edgar Cruz.

The concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Payson High School auditorium.

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Edgar Cruz gives his performances both humor and personal insight, according to reviews. "His performance is spirited and well played. I'm honored to have a composition of mine in his good hand," said Mason Williams, classical composer, best known for "Classical Gas."

Dubbed Oklahoma's Best Performing Artist/Acoustic Guitarist three years running, Cruz gives more than 200 live performances a year, mesmerizing audiences from coast to coast and internationally. He offers an incredible live repertoire of more than 400 titles, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "The William Tell Overture," "Malagueña," "In the Mood" and "Hotel California."

For many years, he has been an honored headliner at the annual Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville. He has also been featured frequently on ABC, NBC, CBS, cable stations and PBS-affiliate television. PBS aired a documentary about his life and career on the show "Gallery."

Cruz is the recipient of many industry awards. An accomplished solo artist, he also engages in collaborations with other industry luminaries, orchestras and Flamenco dance troupes.

His 13 recordings reflect the versatility and complexity with which his unique skill delivers an array of genres, from Latin to classical, and rock to jazz. Cruz is a master technician whose abilities on one instrument have been compared to the sound delivered by an entire symphony orchestra.

At the Nov. 3 concert, TCCA will begin a series of silent auctions of artwork with a musical theme. The proceeds from these auctions will be used to enhance the music programs of the Payson Unified School District. The artwork is a bequest of the late Sharesse von Strauss, former director of the Northern Gila County Historical Society. When she realized that her condition was terminal, she wanted someone to benefit from her lifelong love of the arts, according to Allen Fisher, publicity chairman for the TCCA.

Bidding will begin prior to each concert and continue through intermission. Each piece of art will have an opening bid of $100. Patrons who are interested, may fill out a bid slip anytime through the end of intermission, and the winner will be able to pick up the item immediately after the concert.

There will be a silent auction at each of the remaining concerts in the current season, or until all items are sold.

Concerts remaining are: Cristiana Pegoraro, Nov. 22; Country Tonite, Jan. 28; Nathan Granner and Lisa Williamson, Feb. 11; The Coats, March 6; and Manhattan Rhythm Kings, April 3.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium. Tickets are $20 at the door. Students under 18 are admitted free of charge, when accompanied by a paying adult. Season tickets will be available for the cost of $60 at the Nov. 3 performance.

For further information about season or individual tickets, call Marilyn Wolfe, (928) 474-6115 or Eloise Jones, (928) 478-4363 or check out the TCCA Web site at www.tccarim.org.

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