March Is For Music Lovers In Payson

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March is for music lovers in the Rim Country.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing two programs to the Payson High School auditorium this month. Plus Payson's Community Presbyterian Church is the venue for three more performances.

This second weekend is a goldmine of concerts. Starting Friday, March, 7 enjoy jazz at the church as part of its offering for the First Friday Art and Antique Walk along Main Street.

Activities start at 5 p.m. Head to the high school auditorium around 6:30 p.m. and see Trio Excelsior! in concert starting at 7 p.m. The next night, the church will host a performance by the Manhattan Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8. John Shevlin, one of the Rim Country's jazz artists, will be featured in the Jazz in AZ program at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at the church.

Finally, the sounds of Ireland will fill the high school auditorium on March 31 when the TCCA hosts a performance by The Celtic Tenors.

About the artists

Trio Excelsior! began when mutual admiration of each other's artistry brought three internationally acclaimed musicians together in 2003.

The group features 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 also how the great composers expressed the essence of human existence through music.

With professional credits and directorships all along the U.S. east coast and abroad; play that has been described as "incredibly moving" and "brilliantly executed," Trio Excelsior! exemplifies the mastery of keeping profound musicianship at the root of passionate intensity and grand style.

The admiration for each other's musicianship and being great friends for more than 15 years led Marja Kaisla, Ulrich Boeckheler, and Gabriel Gordon to form Trio Excelsior! in 2003. Since they knew they shared similar musical tastes and reasons for playing music, they wanted to strengthen and expand on that experience as a piano trio.

When: Trio Excelsior! in concert: 7 p.m., Friday, March 7

Tickets: Tonto Community Concert Association season tickets are $80. Since only three concerts have taken place, new TCCA subscribers will be enjoying entertainment for only $16 a concert. Members of the association may 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.

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