Concert Group Presents John Denver Tribute


Boasting the only full-length concert tribute to John Denver, Jim Curry will lend his voice and remarkable resemblance to the star in his crowd-pleasing production of Take Me Home: the Music of John Denver at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Curry makes no effort to “impersonate” John Denver. The remarkable likeness in looks and vocal style is natural; the resulting easy-going performances are perhaps the most noteworthy tribute to the late star.

The birth of this project began when Curry was hired to be the singing voice of John Denver in the 1997 CBS movie “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story.”

The live show includes video imagery of the great outdoors, images that inspired the music and life of John Denver. A full band anchors the show.

Concert association

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.

Single tickets are $35 (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’s Web site at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.


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Jim Curry will lend his voice and remarkable resemblance to the crowd-pleasing production of Take Me Home: the Music of John Denver at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Coming up

The remaining 2011-2012 season of the TCCA includes:

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 Production’s 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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