Enjoy An Afternoon Of Music Sunday

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Multi-faceted artist Daniel Narducci is the featured artist in the Sunday afternoon Tonto Community Concert Association program Oct. 3.

Narducci’s talents have been captured through live stage presentations, recordings, documentaries, and television. Since his professional debut with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Narducci has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Naples Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony. He has appeared regularly as a guest artist at many popular summer music venues throughout North America, including the Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Blossom, Saratoga, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festivals.

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Classic American baritone, Daniel Narducci will be the second artist on the roster of the 2010-2011 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association programs. He will perform at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

On the operatic stage, Narducci’s recent appearances include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with the Canton Symphony, Silvio in I Pagliacci with Opera Santa Barbara, Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo Et Juliette with the Cleveland Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with the Indianapolis Opera. He has portrayed Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Figaro in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with the opera companies of Washington, New Orleans, Central City, Palm Beach, Kentucky, Nashville, Fresno, and Hawaii.

He made his New York City debut at Alice Tully Hall with the Collegiate Chorale under the direction of Robert Bass in An Evening of American Operetta.

An increasingly active recording artist, Narducci sang the role of Captain Hook on the world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan. Narducci’s debut recording, Timeless Broadway, appears on the Archaeus Records label, and a solo Christmas CD entitled Christmas Once More, a collection of classical and traditional songs, is his most recent release.

Six remaining concerts

The Tonto Community Concert Association’s remaining six performances for the 2010-2011, will offer a broad medley of audience-pleasing musical programs.

“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 TCCA all-volunteer board also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international reputation and are held at the Payson High School Auditorium.

For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 474-6115 or (928) 478-4363 or go online to www.tccarim.org.

• The New Christy Minstrels — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 — If you prize authenticity, time is running out. It seems that most old-fashioned musical concerts these days present only tribute bands, younger folks playing and singing in the style of well-known idols, and what’s the difference, as long as the programs are sincere and accurate? The difference for Randy Sparks and most of the born-again New Christy Minstrels is extraordinary excitement on a nightly basis.

• Cristiana Pegoraro, pianist — 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 — Hailed by The New York Times as “an artist of the highest caliber,” Italian born pianist Cristiana Pegoraro has performed in some of the greatest concert halls in Europe, the United States, South America, Asia, Middle East and Australia.

• Celtic Blaze — 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14 — Celtic Blaze! Exciting! New! Fast-paced! A show featuring a contemporary take on Canada’s music and dance heritage told through dance, story telling and (of course) music. The production features the talents of world-champion tap dancer/fiddle/singer Stephanie Cadman. Stephanie has more than 20 years of vast performance experience, including Ottawa Valley step dancing, classical and Celtic fiddling and international tap, jazz and musical theater performances.

• Jim Witter — The Piano Men — 7 p.m., Monday, March 21 — He has been entertaining for more than 20 years. Whether it is country music, contemporary Christian, or the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States.

• Paul McDermand, percussionist — 7 p.m., Friday, April 15 — He began his musical career as a freelance percussionist in the Chicago area. At the age of 19, he assumed the percussion duties in The Music Man playing in a downtown Chicago theater, starring David Copperfield. In 1981, Paul moved to the Phoenix area, lending his artistry to film scores, commercial jingles, symphonic productions and stage shows of every description.

• Dallas Brass — 7 p.m., Friday, May 13 — Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass’ repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, Swing, Broadway, Hollywood and Patriotic music.

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