Three decades of top-flight entertainment — often by world-class performers — has been given to the Rim Country by the Tonto Community Concert Association.
Entering its 31st season the TCCA will again offer quality programs in its eight scheduled performances. TCCA subscribers will enjoy a range of music including a capella melodies, Hollywood hits, piano favorites, Neil Diamond rock, pop music, patriotic and inspirational vocals, folk tunes and more.
The season will debut in September with the all-male a capella vocal group, Chapter 6, followed by the talented Mac Frampton Trio. This year’s lineup will also include the world-renowned Russian Seasons dance group and a combo of dancing and singing in this year’s Matt Davenport production of Red Hot Hollywood. The talented piano virtuoso Rudolf Budginas and the stand-up-and-clap-your-hands rock of Neil Diamond impersonator, Bobby Bruce, will also be coming to Payson. Former New York City police officer, Daniel Rodriguez, will inspire and entertain the audience with his songs of patriotism and faith. The season will culminate with the music of the Hunt Family Fiddlers.
“The association brings world-class performers from around the globe to Payson,” said TCCA president Marilyn Wolfe. “We also work to bring in artists who are not just exceptional musicians, but those who give the audience a complete musical experience.”
“Many of the performers also enjoy meeting with attendees after the show, answering questions and signing autographs,” she added
As a special service to the youth of the community, the TCCA works with several of the artists to host special “outreach” performances just for Payson area students.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price. The all-volunteer board also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts are held at the Payson High School auditorium. Ticket price for a season subscription is only $80. Students accompanied by a ticketed adult are admitted free. For subscriptions or other information, call 928-474-6115 or 928-478-4363 or click on www.tccarim.org.
CHAPTER 6 - Six-member
Male A Capella Vocal Group*
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, 7 p.m.
Emerging from a course at Millikin University, Chapter 6 became the youngest group to ever qualify for the Chicago-area National Harmony Sweepstakes. After winning that title for three straight years, they captured the national title in 2004. Numerous awards later, this six-man a capella troupe tours across North America and Asia, performing a family-friendly show that features intricate harmonies and first-class stage wit.
Whether a signature piece, such as “Ode to Krispy Kreme,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” or the American Idol-featured group’s very own award-winning 8-minute version of “The Wizard Of Oz,” audiences revel in Chapter 6’s superb musicianship and adventurous spirit.
MAC FRAMPTON -
Popular Pop Music Trio
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, 7 p.m.
The Van Cliburn Competition... The Boston Pops... 22 albums... acclaim abounds, but the most revealing accomplishment of Mac Frampton is his faithful fan base. After studies at Erskine College and Cincinnati Conservatory, Van Cliburn himself heard Frampton improvising pop and jazz and suggested he pursue it professionally.
Since then, Frampton’s piano-bass-drum trio has won adoring fans through more than 3,000 concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Mideast, and holds many records for return engagements. Bill Cosby, Roberta Flack and the late Victor Borge, all for whom Frampton played, agreed: Mac Frampton’s classically based “rock-alternative” style has the power to keep audiences coming back for more.
RUSSIAN SEASONS - World-Renowned, Innovative Russian Dance Company
Thursday, Oct. 29,2009, 7 p.m.
In 1991, Russian lead-dancer Nikolai Androsov left the Moiseyev Company to explore innovative dance ideas originating within the Ballets Russe fashion. His new company, called themselves the Russian Seasons Dance Company, and they gave their first public performance at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow to great acclaim. The 20-member troupe has continued to enthrall audiences around the world ever since.
Exploring everything from athletic Russian folk dances to neo-classical and modern styles such as flamenco, tango, step dancing and Broadway, Russian Seasons offers a breathtaking display of exceptional dance and precision choreography never seen before.
NEARLY NEIL & THE SOLITARY BAND - Tribute to the Music of Neil Diamond
Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, 7 p.m.
In 1994, a legendary path was set in motion when Vancouver-born Bobby Bruce won a talent show with his incomparable impersonation of Neil Diamond. For 14 years, Bruce has never looked back, playing for thousands of screaming fans throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia with his dead-on Diamond tribute.
Legends in Concert (Las Vegas)… Bally’s Park Place (Atlantic City)… Legends in Concert (Australia)… Kuala Lumpur (private royalty performances)… a crowd of 30,000 in Calgary… audiences and critics alike are amazed with Bobby Bruce and the Solitary Band’s “Nearly Neil”— a “clever and disarming” performance with “to a tee” pizzazz and style (Adelaide Advertiser).
RED HOT HOLLYWOOD! - 11-Member Theatrical Stage Show of Hollywood Hits
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, 7 p.m.
From the silver screen to the stage, Matt Davenport Productions Inc. presents a thrilling “red carpet” review of Hollywood’s greatest music memories. A versatile cast of 11 sings, dance and recreate magical movie memories by Gene Kelly, Astaire and Rogers, Julie Andrews, Donald O’Connor, Judy Garland and more. Our talented Music Director/accompanist serves as host, portraying varied Hollywood icons such as the director, producer, ticket-taker, stagehand and more to tell Hollywood’s musical story.
From the golden age of Singin’ in the Rain and the Wizard of Oz we’ll fast-forward to today’s contemporary movie musicals like Chicago, Grease and Hairspray. Creative stage adaptations of Academy Award-winning compositions like “My Heart Will Go On”, “Take My Breath Away” and “A Whole New World” will fill the stage with cinematic proportions. An array of colorful sets and costumes sparkle around innovative musical arrangements and choreography as the auditorium comes alive with the sound of movie music.
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ - America’s Beloved Tenor, “The Singing Policeman”
Friday, March 5, 2010, 7 p.m.
Former New York City police officer, Daniel Rodriguez has experienced a meteoric rise to fame. He was one of his department’s designated anthem singers on Sept. 11, 2001, when fate intervened—he rendered a capella performances of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem that proved far greater than a patriotic gesture. Ringing, heartfelt and beautiful, his performance stirred the hearts of the entire nation.
Since then, he has performed at venues ranging from the 2002 Winter Olympics to Disneyland to the White House. A pillar of courage and faith, Daniel Rodriguez is truly an inspiration, who freely shares his deep appreciation for life, God and country.
RUDOLF BUDGINAS - Piano Virtuoso with Comedic Commentary*
Monday, April 19, 2010, 7 p.m.
Musical Prodigy Rudolf Budginas debuted with the Lithuanian National Symphony at age nine, trained at Moscow Conservatory, and promptly rose to international fame performing solo concerts. After moving to the U.S. in 1994, he discovered his true passion: giving classical music a broader audience appeal.
In his ingenious show “You, Me & the Piano,” Budginas illustrates how classical music has influenced contemporary artists by actually breaking down how Billy Joel might have drawn on Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” to get “Piano Man.” Famous for audience and humorous asides, Rudolf Budginas takes the audience from “Claire de Lune” to “Rhapsody in Blue” with contagious energy and endless surprises.
HUNT FAMILY FIDDLERS - 8-Member Hunt Family Featuring Fiddle and Footwork*
Tuesday. May 11, 2010, 7 p.m.
The Hunt Family Fiddlers are an award-winning family of Irish step dancers, fiddlers and singers that marvel audiences around the world. This family performs Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and popular tunes, serving up a unique blend with every show. They have released four albums and were honored to perform for Queen Elizabeth during her 2007 visit to the United States.
With numerous performances in the UK, three consecutive years opening for the Virginia Symphony, and “held-over” status for three seasons at Busch Gardens Europe under their belt, the Hunt Family Fiddlers are sure to amaze you with their high-class performance and capture your heart with their charm.
* Indicates an additional Student Outreach Program
(Please note that performances and dates subject to change)