High-Energy, Toe-Tapping Concert In Town

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Rim Country residents will be treated to a high-energy, toe-tapping extravaganza by the Tonto Community Concert Association this weekend.

The TCCA is bringing the review "Country Tonite" to the area. The program is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Payson High School Auditorium. This is the fifth event in the TCCA's 2005-2006 season of outstanding concerts.

"Dazzling, spectacular and emotional" only partly describe this exciting country-music spectacle, according to TCCA publicity chairman Allen Fisher. Concert-goers will hear the country hits of yesterday and today, dynamically performed by the country stars of tomorrow with the highly acclaimed show "Country Tonite," Fisher said.

Beginning in Las Vegas and continuing in Branson, Mo., this production, direct from the state-of-the-art Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., won the CMAI "Best Live Country Show in America" award for four consecutive years, from 2001 through 2004.

The company of 21 entertainers includes some of the best singers of country music audiences will hear anywhere, as well as country comedy and the talents of an incredible virtuosi country band. It even showcases an eight-member dance troupe, performing energetic, choreographed country-dance, including intricate two-stepping and clogging.

If you enjoy authentic country music, this is one show you don't want to miss. The arrangements are true to the genre, the singers are legitimate country singers and the costumes and visual display are full of spectacular shape and color. "Country Tonite" offers more than just a comprehensive collection of country songs -- it creates the very essence of that which is the heartland of America.

Other awards presented to the review include: "Best Show in the Smokies" and "Country Music Show of the Year."

In addition to the concert, the TCCA will present a silent auction of another piece of artwork from the late Shareese Von Strauss' collection. Bids may be made in the lobby before the concert and during intermission. The piece is an untitled portrait of an orchestra conductor. The winner will be announced from the stage immediately prior to the second half of the concert. The proceeds from this auction will provide additional funding for the Payson Unified School District's cultural arts programs.

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This untitled artwork will be offered in a silent auction at the Jan. 28 Tonto Community Concert program.

Tickets for this concert are $20 for adults. Children 18 and under, when accompanied by a ticketed adult, are admitted free.

Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to performance, or you may call Charles and Eloise Jones at (928) 478-4363.

For further information, you may also call: Marilyn Wolfe, (928) 474-6115; or Allen Fisher, (928) 472-6456.

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