When the curtain rises on the first performance of the 2009-2010 Tonto Community Concert Association season in September, it will be a different curtain than the one that closed at the end of the most recent show.
The TCCA is working with the Payson Unified School District to replace the auditorium’s main curtain.
In just the past three years, the TCCA has contributed nearly $15,000 toward sound equipment, curtains and other enhancements to the Payson High School Auditorium and music programs.
The organization also worked with the community to raise $35,000 to purchase a concert grand piano, which is made available to the schools to use in their special programs.
Additionally, the TCCA offers complimentary admission to the concerts for students (when accompanied by a ticketed adult) and pays for special performances for school children in outreach concerts.
According to the TCCA Web site, “[The] mission is to bring quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson schools...”
“We have an excellent, mutually beneficial partnership with the school district,” said TCCA president Marilyn Wolfe. “We bring several of our performances to the schools, and allow Payson students to attend regular concerts free of charge.”
The special student outreach performances allow schools to bring students to special kids-only matinee performances. These concerts by international musicians are customized for the grade levels of students who attend.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing high-quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price for over 30 years. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international acclaim.
Through June, early bird subscriptions are available for the 2009-2010 season for just $75 for all eight concerts. Brochures with subscription forms are available at the chamber and the library. For other information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-6115 or go to www.tccarim.org
The lineup of concerts for the upcoming season that will begin this fall includes eight first-rate performances with a broad medley of audience-pleasing music and dance. 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 — 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. Then 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.”
The concerts are held at the Payson High School auditorium.
Ticket price for a season subscription is $75 before July 1, which averages out to less than $10 per concert. After July 1, the price is $80. Students accompanied by a ticketed adult are admitted free.
For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 474-6115 or (928) 478-4363 or visit www.tccarim.org.