Daniel Rodriguez will be the guest artist of the Tonto Community Concert Association at 7 p.m., Friday, March 5.
Faith has guided Rodriguez, whose rise has been a meteoric one for a young man who as a New York Police officer became one of the department’s official singers. History intervened for the now retired NYPD officer on Sept. 11, 2001. His stirring a capella performances of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem seemed to be something far greater than graceful patriotic gestures. Ringing, heartfelt and beautiful, these songs became transcendent statements of solidarity, determination and hope that galvanized his fellow New Yorkers and Americans.
Since then, he has performed around the world, including the 2002 Winter Olympics and other sporting events. He starred in the PBS Memorial Day concert in Washington D.C. He has sung for former President Bush on numerous occasions during both terms and at USO events.
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 group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. For tickets or other information, call (928) 474-6115.