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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.

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.

Narducci’s television appearances have reached audiences worldwide. His historic performance with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing was filmed for nationwide broadcast in China.

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.

Narducci played the role of Lancelot during two national tours of Camelot, most notably opposite Robert Goulet’s King Arthur and portrayed Old Deuteronomy in the 10th anniversary production of Cats in Hamburg, Germany. In Cleveland Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, he appeared as Anthony Hope.

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.

Narducci is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music.

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.”

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 Rim Country at an affordable price. The 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.

Upcoming concerts

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. The surviving Beatles could only be, at best, a duo, but there are five original Minstrels in a presentation of The New Christy Minstrels these days, occasionally as many as seven. Randy invented the format and founded the group in 1961, recorded them on the Columbia label in 1962, won a Grammy for their first album in 1963, and reached millions of people across the world via television and their hit singles and albums. Now they are back, and not just a famous name along with only newer, younger faces, but as John Madden might say it’s, “the real deal.”

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. At her 10th sold out concert at Lincoln Center, she was honored with the “Circolo Culturale Italiano of the United Nations World Peace Award” for her support to the cause of advancing peace in the world. Cristiana received the “2007 President of Italy Award” in recognition for her achievements as a performer and composer. She is an Ambassador of the Right to Music and a testimonial of Umbria’s tourism campaign abroad.

At the current time, she is the first female Italian pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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. She blends her considerable talent with a quintet of piano, guitar, violin/mandolin, bass and percussion to bring audiences, young and old, a thrilling musical experience.

Jim Witter – The Piano Men – 7 p.m., Monday, March 21

Jim Witter 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. Supported by bass, guitar, keyboards and drums, you’ll see and hear the soundtrack of your life during this multi-media “rockumentary!” This, along with his rich, powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, makes him a favorite with theatergoers everywhere. He is the talented creator and performer of The Piano Men. Jim’s music and songwriting has earned him many awards and nominations from the Canadian Country Music Association, the Juno Awards and others.

Paul McDermand, percussionist –

7 p.m., Friday, April 15

Paul McDermand 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. In 1993 he received an invitation from New York to join a revival tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ, Superstar. Upon his return to Scottsdale, Paul began to develop an assortment of instrumental arrangements built around the steel drums and marimba. For 19 continuous years he has proudly performed at the elegant Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa.

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. According to Mr. Levine, “A Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95. Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do.”

The artists providing special concerts to students are The New Christy Minstrels; Cristiana Pegoraro; Celtic Blaze; Paul McDermand; and Dallas Brass.

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