Irving Berlin's Music Featured In Upcoming Concert

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The Tonto Community Concert Association will feature the music of Irving Berlin in a revue-style program Saturday night.

"Puttin' on the Hitz!" will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

An eight-member cast of singers and dancers and a jazz quartet will fill the stage.

The evening unfolds with a backdrop of a twinkling Manhattan skyline and is accentuated by scintillating choreography, spectacular scenery and sophisticated costumes.

But an evening about Irving Berlin is all about the music -- who published more than 1,200 songs written over the course of 20th century.

Berlin began his career in the early 1900s, and his first hit was "Alexander's Ragtime Band," written in 1911. Among his other pre-Broadway hits were "Steppin' Out" and "Puttin' on the Ritz."

A couple of Broadway musicals he scored were "This is The Army" and "Annie Get Your Gun" and his work was also part of movie musical classics such as "Easter Parade" and "Holiday Inn."

The movie "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire premiered "White Christmas" and has since become one of the most recorded songs in music history.

Berlin's "God Bless America" is the beloved, unofficial national anthem.

Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and single tickets are $20 per person at the door (if available). Students under 18 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

TCCA season patrons are reminded to keep their tickets for the canceled 4Score concert to be used at the replacement concert when it is scheduled.

For more information about TCCA and its performances, call Marilyn Wolfe at (928) 474-6115, Charles or Eloise Jones at (928) 478-4363 or Allen Fisher at (928) 472-6452 or visit tccarim.org.

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