Sonic Escape Performs Tonight

Sonic Escape, with Julliard graduates Shawn Wyckoff, flute; Maria Kaneko Millar, violin; and Nan-Cheng Chen, cello, closes out the first half of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2013-14 season — its 35th year of bringing a vast variety of great music and entertainment to the Rim Country.

Sonic Escape, with Julliard graduates Shawn Wyckoff, flute; Maria Kaneko Millar, violin; and Nan-Cheng Chen, cello, closes out the first half of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2013-14 season — its 35th year of bringing a vast variety of great music and entertainment to the Rim Country. |

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The Tonto Community Concert Asso­ciation’s 2013-14 season will be half over in short order.

The last concert of the first half of the TCCA’s 35th year is at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium with Sonic Escape.

Julliard graduates Shawn Wyckoff, flute; Maria Kaneko Millar, violin; and Nan-Cheng Chen, cello form Sonic Escape.

The performance history of the trio has demonstrated that their intense classical training can only be matched by their curiosity, appearing in diverse environments from Carnegie Hall to Beale Street, and improvising with Native American flute masters. Their performance style is highly physical and includes dance, most poignantly reflected in Millar’s own “Tsuru (for Solo Dancing Violinist with Fabric).”

Ultimately, the total Sonic Escape experience is what makes lifelong believers out of initiates. Humor and candid conversation draw audiences into the music, while the players’ backgrounds in acting, singing and dancing turn concerts into unforgettable performance events. Improvisation takes it up a notch, infusing shows with pure, dynamic energy. As music and stories intertwine, audiences are taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions, revelations, and ultimately, the desire to learn more. Interaction and innovation are the hallmarks of Sonic Escape.

The program tentatively planned for the evening is Circle the Sea, which invites listeners to an exciting and uplifting journey across Europe, Asia, North and South America, all while incorporating an unprecedented range of sounds and techniques on the flute, violin and cello. It even includes “Bach in Ireland” incorporating the works of J.S. Bach with those of Millar in the forms of a gigue, jig, corrente, slip jig, allegro and reel.

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. Season tickets for the eight-concert series are $90. For more information, visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

The spring portion of the 2013-2014 TCCA season features: Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101, Jan. 26; An Evening with Hal Linden, Feb. 10; Back on Broadway, a musical review, March 18; John Berry, April 13; and Umi Garrett, May 17.

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