This holiday season, make time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle and enjoy some great music. Starting Friday, Nov. 30 music of all kinds will be filling the Rim Country air.
The critically acclaimed Aleron Trio will present their charming virtuosity in a Tonto Community Concert program highlighting composers Beethoven, Schoenfield and more at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
The Aleron Trio features Solenn Séguillon on violin; Anne Suda, cello; and Teresa Yu, piano.
Parisian violinist Solenn Séguillon began 2011 with a tour of China as soloist with the American Philharmonic Orchestra and returned to perform the Chausson Poème with the same orchestra last March. Solenn appeared as soloist with the Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra this season, and again worked with the American Philharmonic this spring performing Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending.”
Since making her Kennedy Center debut, cellist Anne Suda has enjoyed numerous solo and chamber music performance opportunities both nationally and internationally. Anne has been praised for bringing a contemporary sound to standard repertoire.
Teresa Yu is enjoying a career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and director of Amabile School of Music in San Francisco. She founded Amabile School of Music in 2008 and has been devoting her passion for music education ever since. Amabile has grown in size and reputation over the years in the local community, and was recently showcased in a May 2011 article on San Francisco Classical Voice. The school’s mission is to impart a deep appreciation of music as an art and to allow children and adults to express freely through music.
Ms. Yu has participated in the International program in 2005 at Music@Menlo Music Festival and as a Chamber Music Institute faculty member in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012.
Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information, visit the association Web site at www. tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.
The chamber music concert will conclude the 2012 half of the TCCA 2012-13 season. Concerts resume in January with a performance by Masters of Motown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the PHS Auditorium.
Saluting one of the greatest times in musical history, Masters of Motown is re-creating an entire Motor City experience. The10-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.
This will be followed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 with the Legacy of Floyd Cramer featuring Jason Coleman; Ricky Nelson Remembered with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2; and Sidestreet Strutters, 7 p.m., Monday, May 6.
The Spirit of Christmas will be presented at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 at the PHS Auditorium.
The event features great music, a spectacular production and special guest David O’Neill.
Admission is free, but a donation of non-perishable food is requested.
Unity of Payson will present a concert by Mark Stanton Welch from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Messinger’s Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson.
This will be an upbeat spiritual concert with guitar, keyboard, drum and voice.
Mark Welch is a musician, singer/songwriter, and educator. For more than 25 years his creations have touched and inspired the hearts, minds and spirits of audiences worldwide.
He served as music director at Unity Church in San Luis Obispo, Calif. for 15 years. He now travels internationally to provide his own workshops and concerts, as well as musical support for conferences and churches.
Welch has appeared on stage with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Joan Borysenko, Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Sondra Ray.
The cost of the concert is $10 at the door and $5 for those 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and Misfitz 260 Café in Payson. For more details, call (9280 478-8515.
Payson Choral Society plans Christmas concert
The always-popular Payson Choral Society Christmas concert comes to the Payson High School Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 15. Performances of “Home for Christmas” are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Daria Mason directs the concert, with accompaniment by Victoria Harris.
Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, or $8 if purchased in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free.
Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.
Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the spring concert. For added information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.
• Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Julia Randall Elementary concert, 6:30 p.m. at the Payson High School Auditorium. Due to limited seating, seats will be at a first come, first served basis. For questions, call the JRE office at (928) 474-2353.
• Thursday, Dec. 13 — Rim Country Middle School Fall Band Concert. All RCMS bands and choral groups will perform in the Payson High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
For questions, call the RCMS office at (928) 474-4511
• Monday, Dec. 17 — Payson High School Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium. For questions, call the PHS office at (928) 474-2233.
• Tuesday, Dec. 18 -— Payson Elementary School Winter Concert. The concert will have two seatings, one from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the other from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Each performance will feature K-2 grades, but each seating will have different classes. The show will have all three grades sing together for the opening and closing acts.
The kindergartners will also perform with rhythm sticks, jingle bells and hand drums. The first-graders will use hand bells to accent their choral arrangements. The second-graders will play recorders with their singing.
Seating will be limited and on a first come, first served basis.
For questions, call the PES office at (928) 474-5882.
• Wednesday, Dec. 19 — Pine-Strawberry Holiday concert and play. The pre-school through eighth grade classes will present a play and choral concert in the Pine-Strawberry gym at 6:30 p.m.
For more questions, call (928) 476-3283.