The Tonto Community Concert Association’s final concert of the 2010-2011 season, featuring the Dallas Brass, will be held Friday, May 13 in the Payson High School auditorium.
Also featured that evening will be the Payson High School band. The concert begins at 7 p.m., however, plan to be there early to enjoy music by “The Big Band Music Machine” — the local jazz band directed by Mike Buskirk, which includes both Payson middle school and high school students.
Tickets will be available at the door.
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 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.”
In addition to their solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philadelphia Pops conducted by Peter Nero.
The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East. It has also shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS “Early Show” and its music has been used numerous times on the television show, “The Young & The Restless.”
The ensemble has released six recordings: Debut, Dallas Brass II, A Merry Christmas with Brass, Windborne, Nutcracker and American Musical Journey.
The Dallas Brass has a strong dedication to working with young musicians, frequently going into the public schools to present clinics and workshops for students of all ages.
The Tonto Community Concert Association received support from the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts to present the Dallas Brass concert.
At this final concert of the 2010-2011 season, it will be possible to purchase subscriptions to the 2011-2012 season planned by the Tonto Community Concert Association. Purchase before July 1, 2011 and enjoy the early bird subscription price of $85 per person. After July 1, the subscriptions will be $90 per person.
Scheduled to perform during the TCCA’s 2011-2012 season are: The Shangri-La Acrobats, Sept. 27; Edgar Cruz, guitarist, Oct. 15; Take Me Home, a John Denver Tribute, Nov. 9; Chaplain — A Life in Concert, Nov. 29; Billy Dean, Jan. 12; American Spirit, a Matt Davenport production, Feb. 28; The Water Coolers, March 16; The American Tenors, April 19.
Visit the TCCA Web site, tccarim.org for more details.