April Going To Be A Musical Month

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Music lovers in the Rim Country will be busy this month. April is filled with musical performances -- six so far. Two Payson churches are presenting concerts; both the community orchestra and the choral society will have programs; Jazz in AZ and the Tonto Community Concert Association are also planning events.

Rancher Choir performs

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The Imperials will perform at the First Southern Baptist Church of Payson at 7 p.m. April 12.

The Rancher Choir from Rainbow Acres will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Payson. Rainbow Acres is a faith-based, assisted-living facility for adults with developmental disabilities in Camp Verde.

The staff, volunteers and residents of Rainbow Acres refer to community members as Ranchers to denote that they are individuals worthy of respect and love.

The Rainbow Acres Rancher Choir is being brought to Payson by Beyond Limits, a nonprofit, interdenominational ministry dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities find new opportunities to participate in Christ-centered activities.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is at 601 E. Highway 260. There is no charge for this event. For additional information, call Beyond Limits at (928) 468-8434.

Award-winning group performs

The First Southern Baptist Church of Payson is hosting an evening of music with The Imperials at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

The quartet is a four-time Grammy winner, a 17-time Dove winner and a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Jake Hess founded the original group in 1964. The roots of the group are deep in Southern gospel music.

While faces and names of the group's members have changed over its 40-year history, its mission remains the same: To sing and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to lead people into His presence; to call people into relationship with Him; to bring healing, strength and encouragement to the body of Christ; all the while living by faith and walking in wisdom, integrity and faithfulness.

Coming to Payson are Jason Morales, Jeremie Hudson, Shannon Smith and Ian Owens. All are ordained/licensed ministers, as well as powerful and talented vocalists.

There will be no charge for the performance, but donations are welcome.

The church is at the corner of West Bonita Street and South Colcord Road. For more information, call (928) 474-3374.

Jazz concert

For the first time, two popular jazz singers will perform together in Payson -- Renee Patrick has asked Danny Long to accompany her at a 2 p.m. April 15 performance at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W Main St. in Payson.

Patrick knocks audiences out with her vocal renditions of popular Broadway and jazz tunes.

Born in Philadelphia, music is a way of life for Patrick. Her father was a member of the world renowned Ink Spots and was inducted into the Doo Wop Hall of Fame. Her mother is somewhat of a local legend, having recorded with Terry Johnson of the Flamingos in Detroit's Motown, along with such greats as Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye.

Danny Long is known not only for his fine vocal renditions of jazz standards, but as a master of the piano keyboard. He leads his quartet at Remington's, a popular Scottsdale hangout for jazz fans and musicians.

Adding a world-class bass player only makes this performance better. Warren Jones is on the "A List" of jazz artists. He plays with the very best, and he is heard on many CDs, including the popular Phoenix Jazz Quartet album featuring Armand Boatman on piano, and on his own album "Bridges," featuring the popular newcomer Jacob Koller on piano.

Warren also performs regularly with various artists at the weekly "Jazz in the Hills" series held in Fountain Hills.

Gerry Reynolds will play drums.

For more information, and to confirm your reservation e-mail Gerry Reynolds at gerryr@cox.net or leave a message at (480) 785-1278.

While the event is free, a donation of $5 or more makes these concerts possible.

Choral society offers songs of the West

"Westward Journey" is the theme of the Payson Choral Society's annual spring concert. Directed by Daria Mason and accompanied by Victoria Harris, the performance will be presented twice -- at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Payson High School Auditorium.

A feature of the performances will be appearances by the junior high and high school scholarship recipients.

Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for students, ages 12 to 18. Tickets available from choral society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Public Library and the Payson Roundup. Tickets will also be available at the door.

TCCA presents 4Score

The Tonto Community Association will present 4Score at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The musical review, a Matt Davenport production, features the music of Gershwin, Sondheim, Porter, Kern, Berlin and Rodgers. The concert was originally scheduled for Jan. 21, but was canceled due to bad weather and hazardous road conditions.

Patrons are asked to use the tickets for the Jan. 21 date. If you have lost or misplaced your tickets, you will be able to get replacements on the day of the rescheduled concert by giving your name at the ticket table. For further information on any of the above, call (928) 478-4363.

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