Music For Your Life

TCCA brings eight performances to area

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The Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2012-2013 season will feature eight varied acts including entertainers, singers and musicians to dazzle and delight Rim Country residents and guests.

These engaging performances, enchanting music, and captivating songs are sure to create some wonderful memories. Each concert is a cultural event held in the Payson High School Auditorium. Performances start in September and continue through May.

The basic subscription — which purchases a ticket to each concert — is $90 per person.

Season ticket holders will be seated first. Out-of-town guests, accompanied by a season ticket holder, may purchase a ticket for $15.

Single admissions tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door, if seating is available.

Children and youth, in grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Parents with minor children need to request the proper number of tickets on their subscription form.

Those who participate at any level of the Contribution Plan listed on the subscription form will be recognized in all concert programs. All donations over the price of the tickets are tax deductible. Tickets will be mailed out in August.

The Contribution Plan recognizes Boosters, those who make a gift of $10 to $99 over their subscription; Patrons are those who make a gift of $100 to $249 plus subscription; and Benefactors are those who make a gift of $250 or more plus subscription.

Concerts scheduled for the 2012-2013 season: Daniel Rodriguez and Maria Kavanaugh, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30; The Abrams Brothers, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; 42Five, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4; Prima Trio, 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30; Masters of Motown, 7 p.m., Jan. 22; The Legacy of Floyd Cramer featuring Jason Coleman, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21; Ricky Nelson Remembered with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2; Sidestreet Strutters, 7 p.m., Monday, May 6.

The artists

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Daniel Rodriguez and Maria Kavanaugh

Daniel Rodriguez and Maria Kavanaugh

2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30

America’s Beloved Tenor Daniel Rodriguez was the New York City cop who helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Daniel has appeared on television’s The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Live with Regis and Kelly and Oprah, among many other high profile events.

Accompanied by piano and bass, Daniel will be joined by his talented wife, soprano Marla Kavanaugh, who won praise from San Francisco critics as “the voice of a sorrowing angel” for her poignant portrayal in The Prince and the Pauper. Their musical program will tell a beautiful story of how they met and include songs from the U.S. and Marla’s native country, New Zealand.

To those who have come to know him as the “singing policeman,” it is no surprise that Daniel Rodriguez is known as America’s Beloved Tenor.

At 16, he presented his first recital at Carnegie Hall; at 17, he was billed as the “17-year-old Baritone.” Then, at age 19, he put music aside to raise his family, going to work to make ends meet. He worked at the post office, and then as a police officer in the New York City Police Department. It was in uniform that local New York audiences began to discover his voice and his passion for the music he sang. Before the events of 9-11, he was already quite well known around New York City as he had sung in “Broadway on Broadway,” in local opera and musical theater productions. As an “official singer” for the NYPD Ceremonial Unit, he sang at many functions, and later, at memorials in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.

The Abrams Brothers

7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17

Music is in their blood. You can feel it in your bones.

This Canadian trio of teenagers (fourth-generation musicians) is not shy about sharing their country-flavored style with the world. The Abrams Brothers merge the sounds of Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie with their own homespun panache to create never-before-heard music.

Barely adults, Elijah, John and James are artists in every sense of the word and already have the credentials of veterans. Having performed at the Grand Ole Opry, toured Europe in 2006, performed at Jacob’s Ladder Musical Festival in Israel and received the Daniel Pearl Memorial violin in 2006, their bluegrass, gospel vibes are sending waves of recognition to the legend Arlo Guthrie himself. “I know I will be hearing from The Abrams Brothers for a long time to come,” he said.

Violin, guitar, intricate finger-work and vocals are just some of the factors that come together to make The Abrams Brothers modern-day virtuosos. John, 18, James, 15, and cousin Elijah, 18, are fourth-generation musicians and have musical roots reaching back to their great-grandparents. John and James, who started playing at the ages of 9 and 6, respectively, and Elijah demonstrate mastery over their instruments (John on guitar, mandolin and violin, James on violin and viola, and Elijah on upright bass) and vocal chords, sounding like well-rounded, fully developed veteran musicians.

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42Five

42Five

2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4

What’s an instrumental band with no instruments? It’s not “magic” or “make believe.” It’s simply the voices of five guys: Ryan, Earl, Geoff, Danny and Layne — known better as 42Five.

They’ve come together to create a new form of entertainment singing songs we all love, from the ’60s to the tunes of today, including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World.” This award-winning a capella quintet is the entertainment for all ages, for all families and for all size audiences.

From the trumpet to the drums, you’ll hear it all from their voices without a glimpse of shiny brass or drumsticks scattered on the floor. This new, innovative group is setting the bar high and using their technique to bring to life vocal impossibilities.

Not only do they melt audiences with their flawless harmonies, their charming sense of humor is sure to create a stir in the hearts of everyone.

42Five (pronounced “Four Two Five”) has been performing their own unique brand of entertainment since the turn of the century. Evolving from a street corner barbershop sound, and drawing on funk, rock, jazz, and blues — 42Five is unlike any musical experience around, recreating an entire instrumental band with nothing but their five voices — a feat which has to be seen to be believed. The group is based in Orlando, Fla.

42Five brings timeless, classic music to life with renewed freshness and infuses their beautiful harmonies with a lovable sense of humor and style all of their own. 42Five is blazing new trails and winning the hearts and imaginations of audiences big and small and of every race, creed, sex, and age.

With only 5 voices, no tricks, just talent, their energizing performance always leaves the audience standing on their feet, singing along and wanting more.

Prima Trio

7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30

Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winners of the Prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Prima Trio distinguishes itself not only with its remarkable playing, but through the repertoire it performs.

Formed in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, this group actually plays four instruments. Gulia Gurevich (born in Uzbekistan to a distinguished musical family) switches between violin and viola. Boris Allekhverdyan (B.M. from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory) plays clarinet and Anastasia Dedik (1st prize winner of the Lee Biennial Piano Competition and the Cliburn Institute/Piano Texas Concerto Competition) is concert pianist.

Prima Trio’s repertoire ranges from beloved chamber music standards to such exotic gems as Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian’s soulful “Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano” to S. I. Glick’s festive “The Klezmer’s Wedding.” “Serenade” by American composer Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) is the grand finale of every concert.

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Masters of Motown

Masters of Motown

7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22

Saluting one of the greatest times in musical history, Masters of Motown is recreating an entire Motor City experience.

The 10-member cast, including three female vocalists, three male vocalists, guitar, bass, drums and keys, has come together to reproduce the style, sound and ultimate feel that Motown brought to us years ago. They become Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Diane Ross and the Supremes, and even the Jackson Five.

The show features an entirely live performance, with seasoned musicians and performers catering to every whim of an oldies lover. During the ultimate stroll down memory lane, Masters of Motown perform hits such as “Get Ready” by the Temptations, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

It’s a celebration, a chance to reminisce and homage to those who made musical history.

For many, Masters of Motown is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers a way to experience a period in our country’s past that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.

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Jason Coleman

Legacy of Floyd Cramer featuring Jason Coleman

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21

Floyd Cramer is one of the most admired instrumentalists of all time. His signature piano styling is exemplified by the smash hit, “Last Date,” and can be heard on classic songs by countless music legends, including Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.

Floyd’s distinctive sound is still alive and powerful today through the music of his grandson, Jason Coleman, who has been playing the piano since he could reach the keys. After Jason made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17, he was given the honor of playing for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony recognizing his grandfather’s induction into the Hall of Fame. 

Jason has taken to the studio and stage for his own career producing a collection of his own albums and embarking on his first-ever nationwide tour. The Legacy of Floyd Cramer highlights the songs that featured Floyd on the original recordings or were Floyd’s own self-penned hits. With these exciting and nostalgic performances, Jason Coleman is ensuring the “legacy continues.”

Now 26, Jason makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Natalie.

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Matthew and Gunnar Nelson

Ricky Nelson Remembered — Matthew and Gunnar Nelson

7 p.m., Saturday, March 2

Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in entertainment history with three generations of #1 hitmakers, the Nelson family is an American entertainment dynasty.

Ricky Nelson was America’s original “Teen Idol.”  He established himself as one of the most important rock artists of the ’50s and ’60s with over 100 million record sales and three #1’s of his own. His sons, Mathew and Gunnar, had double-platinum success in the early 1990s with three Top 10 singles, four #1 MTV videos, five Top 40 Billboard Hits and they have sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide.

In Ricky Nelson Remembered, Mathew and Gunnar Nelson breathe new life into their father’s hit songs, “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Garden Party,” along with many more. Their soaring sibling harmonies are accompanied by never before seen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by their iconic father.

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The Side Street Strutters

Side Street Strutters

7 p.m., Monday, May 6

Feel the searing rhythms of “Sing, Sing Sing,” savor the lush melody “At Last,” and reminisce to “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” as the Side Street Strutters present a new musical experience showcasing the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins.  Their program, Shiny Stockings, brings together an extensive repertoire, colorful costumes, tap dancing, and 26 years of musicianship to create a performance which breathes new life into songs by the great songstresses.

While the Strutters offer their award-winning musical arrangements, personable humor and showmanship, Ms. Collins brings her experience of singing with greats like Burt Bacharach, John Tesh and Julie Andrews sharing her sassy yet sultry personality, radiant stage presence, and soulful voice.

Together these artists create a performance of timeless melodies and establish themselves as a permanent part of the American cultural landscape.  

In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, over 25 years later, the same core members are still together and have expanded their musical palette to include over a half century of jazz styles from Dixieland and Blues, to Big Band Swing and popular standards.

The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in 50 states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico. Their superb musicianship and award winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim: State Arts Council Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland; radio and television appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 8 CD recordings. In addition to their numerous accolades, they have been entertaining guests at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. for 22 years.

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