Concert Group Starting Ticket Drive For Upcoming Season

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School starts this week, so now is the time to get connected for some great entertainment during the coming fall and winter months. Make an investment in music through the Tonto Community Concert Association and purchase a subscription for its 2011-2012 season.

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The Water Coolers turn headaches and hassles into hilarity with original music and parodies of familiar songs, and on-point material about life and work. This cast of five New York City comics and singers (with piano accompaniment) celebrates the insanity of everyday life.

Pick up a brochure, which includes an order form, at the Payson Public Library or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, or call (928) 478-4363 and request a brochure be mailed to you.

Performances begin in September and continue through April for the 2011-2012 season.

The first performance features the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats and is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27.

For more than a quarter of a century, the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have been a high-energy attraction for hundreds of universities and performing arts centers. This 12- to 15-member troupe flawlessly interpret the precision and grace of an art form honed by centuries of discipline and training.

This group dazzles its audiences with acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, explosive energy, brilliant costumes and a touch of Chinese comedy. The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats are a balanced act — a hit with all ages.

Back by popular demand, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, Edgar Cruz captivates his audience by the precision, speed and complexity of guitar mastery as he offers an exceptional selection of cool jazz from his vast repertoire.

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Jim Curry will present a tribute to John Denver when he performs in concert in November.

He has been a headliner at the prestigious Chet Atkins Guitar Festival in Nashville since 1995.  Edgar covers a wealth of genres, including Latin, classical, international, rock, jazz, mariachi, romantic, Christmas and original music. 

For more than a decade, he has been named Oklahoma’s top performing artist, top acoustic — or both. Edgar performs more than 200 concerts a year and has played throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.

Enjoy a tribute to John Denver at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 when Jim Curry presents “Take Me Home — John Denver.”

The songs are timeless. The resemblance is remarkable. The message is still relevant. John Denver captured worldwide audiences through his songs of care and concern.

Curry brings the music of John Denver to life with his ultimate tribute. His powerful performances, accompanied by guitar, mandolin, flute, keyboard, bass and drums, bring John Denver’s greatest songs and feelings to life, blending the images of our natural earth with a love for each other.

A multi-media presentation, “Chaplin — A Life in Concert” is planned for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29.

David Pomeranz dramatizes in music the life story of the brilliant, yet controversial, Charlie Chaplin.

Pomeranz, who penned the show’s music and lyrics, ingeniously portrays more than 25 colorful characters in Chaplin’s life while at the keys of a concert grand piano.

Part concert and part musical, “Chaplin — A Life in Concert” is an imaginative, inspiring journey that leaves the audience in love with the artistry of two stars: Chaplin and Pomeranz.

The sounds of Nashville will fill the Rim Country at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 with the performance of Billy Dean.

Dean brings Nashville star power to every stage he graces. His musical artistry transcends genre and rakes in awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy for a country tribute “Amazing Grace.”

A gifted songwriter and fabulous guitarist, Dean is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in many television shows.

After decades of churning out hits, Dean gives every audience an unforgettable performance.

Once again, the TCCA is bringing one of Matt Davenport Productions’ great musical reviews to the stage at the Payson High School Auditorium. The review, “American Spirit,” will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28.

American Spirit is a rousing 90-minute song, dance and storytelling journey through parade routes and battlefields, town halls and concert halls.

You’ll hear Prohibition jazz growing out of Civil War spirituals, and enjoy America’s battlefield and ball field heroes rubbing elbows with entertainers and politicians.

A musical event filled with humor and heart, this production will renew your American spirit.

The TCCA is bringing a different style of entertainment to the Rim Country with its presentation of The Water Coolers at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16.

With original music and parodies of familiar songs, on-point material about life and work, and superior comedy writing, this cast of five New York City comics and singers (with piano accompaniment) celebrates the insanity of everyday life.

Each performance is a high-energy, hilarious session of song and sketch comedy, kept fresh by the ever-changing challenges of modern life. The Water Coolers turn headaches and hassles into hilarity.

The final program of the 2011-2012 TCCA season will be by The American Tenors at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19.

Formed in 2002, The American Tenors have delighted audiences across the United States and Europe with their captivating show.

As individuals, Marcus McConico, Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley boast impressive credentials, having accumulated an array of awards and performed in opera and theater productions from Italy to Hawaii.

Accompanied by piano, their clear, buoyant voices join to enthrall and inspire audiences. The American Tenors truly represent “a new generation in American singing.”

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