Tonto Community Concert Association will present tenor Franc D’Ambrosio in a performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
Known for being the longest running “Phantom” in the Phantom of the Opera musical, D’Ambrosio will offer selected works from the musical in his program. He is also bringing his own production to the Payson High School Auditorium this Sunday, “I’ll be Seeing Youz… A Bronx Boy’s Musical Perspective of World War II,” which he conceived and created with Michael Tilley, who will be accompanying D’Ambrosio on the piano.
Expect a little more than vocalizing from the tenor; he will be telling stories musically. Songs slated for the program include such popular old melodies as “That Old Black Magic,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” a Bing Crosby medley and more. Also on the program is the song that first brought D’Ambrosio extensive recognition, “Speak Softly Love” from “The Godfather” — he played Al Pacino’s opera-singing son in “The Godfather III.” He sang the Academy Award winning “Speak Softly Love” both in the film and on the original motion picture soundtrack.
D’Ambrosio’s performance so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation — quickly accepted — to study with the legendary tenor at his home in Italy.
D’Ambrosio will be offering a special school outreach program while in Payson.
Admission for Sunday’s performance is $35 for single tickets, with children and students under the age of 18 admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Season tickets for the eight-concert series cost $90. For more information, visit www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.