Valentine’S Day Concert

Hearts dance, toes pound with music of Celtic Blaze


Rim residents will have dancing hearts and pounding toes this Valentine’s Day.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting Celtic Blaze, featuring Stephanie Cadman, with its fast-paced, contemporary take on the music and dance of Canada’s Celtic tradition at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14.


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Celtic Blaze will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Created by feature performer Stephanie Cadman, Celtic Blaze draws on her 20-year career as an award winning “triple threat” — dancer, fiddler, vocalist. Cadman has appeared in such diverse productions as Bowfire — the highly successful fiddle and dance spectacular, the Broadway National Tour of 42nd Street, and solo tap and fiddle appearances with renowned orchestras such as the Seattle, Portland and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Notably, she won the top solo female honors at the 1998 World Tap Dance Championships, in addition to many other titles and awards internationally. The Celtic Blaze band includes piano, guitar, violin, mandolin, bass and percussion.

The program

The evening’s program is tentatively scheduled to include:

• Colliers

• Jig Set: O’Leary’s Motorbike, Gwendolyn’s Jig, Pat

and Al’s jig, Dum Diddle

• Scottish Set: Dunkeld Hermitage Bridge, Archibald

MacDonald of Keppoch, Miss Drummond of Perth,

The Devil in the Kitchen, Clumsy Lover

• Brian’s Crying: Alex Mulligan’s Clog, The

Apprentice Reel, The Millwrite’s Daughter

Lindsey’s Request

• Old Time Set: Compliments to Sean Maguire, High

Level Hornpipe, Frank’s Reel, The Road to Errogie • Lead the Knave

• She moves through the fair

• Drum versus Step

• New Found Harmonium

• Our Town

• Me and Si

• Acadian Madness: White Hand Reel, Reel

Printemps, Reel Des Cinq Joumelles, Huntingstone


• Bogged Down: Bog and Lochan, Kylebrack Rambler,

Dunmore Lasses

• Juggs

• Sally Free and Easy

• ‘A’ Medley

This is the fifth performance in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2010-2011 concert season. Single tickets are $30 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

For more information, visit the association Web site at or call (928) 978-4363 or (928) 474-6115.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is committed to bringing quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson schools. This series is intended as an enriching cultural experience for the people of Payson and those in surrounding communities.

“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 remainder of the 2010-2011 season will feature:

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 theatregoers 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 free-lance 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.”

Also providing special concerts to students will be Celtic Blaze, Paul McDermand and Dallas Brass.


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