Standing Strong With Song

 Following the concert, Gene Sampson, right, of Payson presented Daniel Rodriguez with a medallion cast from the debris from the World Trade Center disaster of Sept. 11, 2001. The debris was taken to the landfill on Staten Island and sanitation workers made the medallion. Sampson, like Rodriguez did work at Ground Zero following the 9-11 attack.

Following the concert, Gene Sampson, right, of Payson presented Daniel Rodriguez with a medallion cast from the debris from the World Trade Center disaster of Sept. 11, 2001. The debris was taken to the landfill on Staten Island and sanitation workers made the medallion. Sampson, like Rodriguez did work at Ground Zero following the 9-11 attack.

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The memories of 9-11 are fresh on our minds following the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the continued violent protests in the Middle East against the U.S. still unfolding, there is no better balm than to stand strong with song. That balm will be offered when Daniel Rodriquez and Marla Kavanaugh launch the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2012-2013 season with a performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30.

Rodriquez gained fame and became known as America’s Beloved Tenor following the attacks of 9-11.

It was fate that brought Rodriquez, a New York police officer, into the spotlight after Sept. 11, 2001. While a country in mourning looked for answers, his stirring a cappella renditions of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem brought renewed hope to America and introduced Rodriquez to the international stage.

Since that memorable performance Rodriguez’s touring has brought a myriad of experiences, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, a PBS Memorial Day Concert, regional opera, numerous television appearances and meeting his bride, New Zealand soprano Marla Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is an established opera performer and recitalist, with credits including a performance with Plácido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera. The couple now concertize together performing a diverse musical program encompassing musical styles from opera to popular song.

Their program will be presented at the Payson High School auditorium.

Subscriptions to the eight-concert series can still be purchased for $90 per person. Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and youth under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Out of town guests, accompanied by a season ticket holder, may purchase a ticket for $15.

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Gene Sampson, right, of Payson presented Daniel Rodriguez with a medallion cast from the debris from the World Trade Center disaster of Sept. 11, 2001. The debris was taken to the landfill on Staten Island and sanitation workers made the medallion. Sampson, like Rodriguez did work at Ground Zero following the 9-11 attack.

For more information visit the TCCA Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

More music for your life

The TCCA 2012-2013 season will feature varied acts featuring 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. 

The remaining concerts scheduled for the 2012-2013 season: The Abrams Brothers, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; 42Five, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4; Aleron 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 Abrams Brothers will share country-flavored music that merges the sounds of Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie with their own homespun panache to create never-before-heard music.  

42Five calls itself 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.

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.

The San Francisco-based chamber music Aleron Trio performs in place of the Prima Trio, which had to cancel with the TCCA due to a scheduling conflict.

The Aleron Trio’s members represent three countries – violinist Solenn Seguillon is from France; cellist Anne Suda is from the U.S.; and pianist Teresa Yu is from Taiwan.

Their mission is to present chamber music to as broad a range of audiences as possible, whether performing in cathedrals, museum galleries, intimate chapels or the traditional concert hall.

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Members of the Aleron Trio are, from left, Teresa Wu, pianist; Anne Suda, cellist; and Solenn Seguillon, violinist. The chamber group will perform as part of the TCCA 2012-2013 season at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at the Payson High School auditorium.

More than music

If music isn’t part of your plans over the next few weekends there is plenty of other events to fill your calendar. This is just a sample of some of the upcoming activities in the Rim Country for Sept. 21-Sept. 30.

SeptemberFest Benefit and Business Showcase

Payson PAYS.com (Professionals At Your Service) is having a business showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 on the north side of the Swiss Village, 810/812 N. Beeline Hwy., across from Best Western.

Members of the community are invited to participate in the event’s Homemade Pie Contest – bring in a homemade pie between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for a chance at first, second and third prizes. Judging starts at 11 a.m.

The event will also feature bratwursts from Charlie’s Meats, beer from That Brewery in Pine, raffles at every booth, vendors, fun and live entertainment by the John Scott Band.

Proceeds will go to the Rim Country Educational Foundations to support bringing a university to Payson.

Chari-Tea

The Friends of Rim Country GCC, Inc. present a Three Course British Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. Hosted by Leonie Dobbins and Viki Gault, the afternoon will also feature music by Angelina Ng, classical pianist.

The event will be at Gila Community College, 201 Mud Springs Rd., Room 301. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available at Gila Community College and the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 474-4515.

Farm & Market Dinner

The 2012 Farm & Market Dinner to benefit Pine Strawberry Pine Fuel Reduction Inc. is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fossil Creek Creamery, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road, Strawberry. The evening’s festivities begin at 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 persons. Tickets are $75 each and a portion is tax deductible. Call (928) 476-5178 for details.

Ice cream social

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will be holding an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Pine Community Center.

The evening will include a “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” feature. It’s all-you-can-eat to the music of the Randall Family Band.

Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information, call (928) 970-0658.

Global Mala Yoga for Peace

Global Mala Yoga for Peace — a series of events focused around 108 sun salutations and uniting the yoga community in support of International Peace Day — will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Room 301. All proceeds will benefit a local charity and scholarship fund ($10 suggested donation).

Improve your physical health, learn to breathe deeply, increase your energy level, de-stress, practice mental clarity and relaxation, reconnect with your inner source.

RSVP to Brenda Slapnicka at (928) 978-1861, (928) 478-0303 or bslapnicka@ hotmail.com.

Flea Market Sale

The Payson Elks Lodge 2154 will have a Flea Market Sale in its parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

Anyone who would like to be a part of the sale may sign up at the Elks Lodge 2154.  The cost is $20, with a $5 refund for having your space clean when you leave. 

Arts & Crafts Fair

Ponderosa #64 Order of the Eastern Star will have an Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30.

More than 30 venders will have various crafts and items available for sale. Sy Harrison Lodge #70 will offer a lunch of deep pit barbecue and sides on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event is at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Payson.

An Evening of Time Out Gala

Time Out, Inc. will present an Evening of Time Out Gala to benefit its programs Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Rim Golf Club.  The event starts with a no-host bar at 4:30 p.m., followed by a gourmet buffet dinner and dancing to the Starlighters.  

The evening will also include raffles, silent and live auctions.  Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Cathy at (928) 474-3960 or Debbie at (480) 213-2103, online at www.timeoutshelter.org or (928) 472-8007.

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