Eight Community Concerts Planned

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The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing back old favorites, celebrating the music of the past and introducing new acts in its 29th season.

The TCCA's 2007-2008 season begins Oct. 8 with a return engagement by Franc D'Ambrosio. The group Revolution -- a Beatles tribute band -- will follow D'Ambrosio with a performance Oct. 27. The final 2007 concert will be another return engagement. The Phoenix Boys Choir performs Dec. 2.

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Fred Radke with the Harry James Orchestra are among the artists the Tonto Community Concert Association will have in performance during its 2007-2008 season.

Between January and May, TCCA will have five more concerts: the Harry James Orchestra, Jan. 20; Michael Kaeshammer, Feb. 5; Trio Excelsior, March 7; The Celtic Tenors, March 31; and the musical review, "On Broadway!" May 12.

Season tickets are $80, so TCCA subscribers will be enjoying professional entertainment for only $10 a concert. Members of the association may also request free tickets for children under 18, if the child is to be accompanied at the concerts by a ticketed adult. Additionally subscribers may bring a guest from outside the Payson area for only $15.

Individual tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $30.

To learn more, visit the Web site, tccarim.org or call (928) 474-6115 or (928) 478-4363.

About the artists

Franc D'Ambrosio is one of the most accomplished theatrical singers of the modern era. His 2,600 performances as Phantom, in Broadway's legendary "Phantom of the Opera," is only the tip of the "big-time" iceberg ... this skilled and passionate vocalist was also Anthony Corleone in "The Godfather III," the title role in "Sweeney Todd" on Broadway, and hand-picked by Barry Manilow for Valentino in "Copacabana."

Revolution is the band that goes beyond Beatlemania and captures the spirit of the Beatles with authentic instruments, costumes, a visual impact, sound and excitement that can only be described as incredible.

The four-man group of Beatles impersonators delivers a concert that takes the audience time traveling through the 60's. The concert showcases the Beatles' greatest hits, featuring music from their historic appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," their appearance for the Queen of England and their movies, "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" -- as well as tracks from their ground breaking albums like "Rubber Soul," "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Abbey Road" and more.

The Phoenix Boys Choir is a place to learn about music and to prepare for life through our mission to educate boys in the art of singing, perform the finest music in the boy choir tradition, and enhance Arizona's cultural reputation internationally.

Currently, there are 220 young boys and men participating, making it the largest and most active boy choir in the United States.

Each year, the Phoenix Boys Choir offers a full season of concert performances offering a wide repertoire from classical to popular selections.

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Michael Kaeshammer will perform as part of the Tonto Community Concert Association's 2007-2008 season.

The Harry James Orchestra continues the tradition of mellow arrangements and fine rhythmic playing that first made it famous. Currently under the direction of James' lead trumpet virtuoso, Fred Radke, the orchestra continues to play worldwide in both major venues and special "invitation only" performances.

With each recording and performance, pianist Michael Kaeshammer digs deeper into the jazz tradition while carving out his own unique musical vision. He might "jellyroll" into rumba, or "parade" into post-bop fun or cook up a fiery, rhythmic gumbo to breathtaking keyboard pyrotechnics. With Kaeshammer's soulful voice in the mix, whatever "flow" they "go with" leads the audience on an unpredictable journey through the many fantastic facets of jazz.

Mutual admiration of each other's artistry brought three internationally acclaimed musicians together in 2003 to form Trio Excelsior. Featuring a pianist, cellist and violinist from Finland, Germany and the U.S. respectively, this dexterous and soulful group utilizes the piano trio repertoire to explore not only their relationship to each other, but how the great composers expressed the essence of human existence through music.

The Celtic Tenors were signed on the spot to an international record deal, following an impromptu audition in London in 2000, an event so unprecedented that it soon became the talk of the music industry.

Their debut album went immediately to No. 2 in the UK classical charts. It went to No. 1 in Ireland and Germany -- where it was two times platinum -- and won the Echo Award (The German Grammy) for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2002.

The boys' full-length television special "Ein Grosse Irischer Abend (A Great Irish Evening)," filmed in front of a capacity crowd in Hamburg, was shown to millions of viewers in Germany regularly for more than two years. Then, it was released on PBS, showing on more than 260 channels from Hawaii to Alaska. Overnight, The Celtic Tenors became one of the most successful classical crossover acts in 2002, with a top 10 Billboard album in the U.S.

The tenor's most recent album, released in March 2005, features guests such as Samantha Mumba ("You Raise Me Up"), Brian Kennedy ("We Are Not Islands") and an epic version of "All Out of Love," featuring Air Supply, recorded at their private studios in Utah.

"On Broadway!" is a sparkling revue of show-stopping moments from the Broadway stage. Dazzling choreography, dynamic music arrangements and a virtual parade of costumes fill the "Grand Staircase," which is the centerpiece of our colorful stage.

The live band supports eight energetic singers and dancers as they present delightful memories in song and dance.

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