The 2006-2007 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association comes to a close this weekend with a performance by Joe Burgstaller.
Burgstaller will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Payson High School Auditorium.
Burgstaller is often called "The Man with the Golden Horn." The trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet and piccolo trumpet player has performed and taught in 21 countries and hundreds of cities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
He began at age 6 on cornet and by 12 was improvising jazz with Chicago-area bands. By 15, he was the youngest professional in the Virginia Opera Orchestra. After graduating with both bachelor's and master's degrees and many awards from Arizona State University, he became one of North America's busiest trumpet recitalists, performing more than 50 solo concerts every season, including tenures with Canadian Brass and New York's Meridian Arts Ensemble.
Since that time, Burgstaller has performed on countless television and radio appearances and acclaimed CD releases, which spotlight him in solo feature works of baroque, jazz, world-music and pop idioms, as well his own arrangements of the "tango-nuevo" music of Astor Piazzolla.
Notably, he was chosen to arrange the music for a television special with Raffi, honoring Nelson Mandela, and has received the ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award. Dubbed by Instrumentalist Magazine as "The Next Mendez," Joe Burgstaller offers a program with outstanding diversity and musical color, sure to engage listeners of all ages.
Doors to the auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to performance time. Tickets, if available, are $20 at the door and students under 18 will be admitted free, when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
For more information or questions, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-6115 or visit www.tccarim.org.
The Payson School Board has established the high school campus as a "drug-free, no tobacco use" area. There can be no use of these substances on the school grounds at any time.
The TCCA will be selling season tickets for its 2007-2008 series of concerts. The October 2007 to May 2008 season includes performances by Franc D'Ambrosio, the Phoenix Boys Choir, Harry James Orchestra, Michael Kaeshammer and The Celtic Tenors.
Season tickets are $75 for early bird purchasers before July 1, 2007. Regular season ticket are $80.
The TCCA will be selling season tickets for next year at the May 20 concert. For details, call (928) 474-6115 or (928) 478-4363.