Next week, enjoy the love of music for Valentine’s Day.

Three concerts are planned on Sunday, Feb. 10 and one on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday’s concerts feature Angeline Ng and Friends in a benefit for the Rim Country Optimist Club at 2:30 p.m. at the Payson High School Auditorium.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jerry Nelson, an internationally celebrated concert pianist will play at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene and again at 6 p.m. at Ponderosa Bible Church.

A concert on Valentine’s Day brings recording artist John Ford Coley to the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Angeline Ng and Friends

Pianist Angeline Ng and others will include a cellist, vocalist and dancers. Refreshments will be available. Raffle tickets are $5.

Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting the Optimist vocational scholarship program. Anyone 18 and younger may attend free, accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Rim Country Optimist Club, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or at the door. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For details call 928-978-0406.

“At first I was thinking of doing a piano solo concert from my favorite Chopin-Liszt — read Shoppin’ List. It had been a dream of mine to perform on that stage ever since that Italian pianist Christina performed for the Tonto Community Concert Association Series about 10 years ago,”“Since this is a fundraiser, why not attract a crowd with some of my favorite local musician friends? I aim to please, so decided to offer a selection of music and instruments — something for everyone to enjoy,” said Ng.

Joining Ng at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 are: Laurie Galster, harpist; Steve Stevens, winner of Payson’s First Talent Contest; the Wilson Family; cellist Jonathan Cain and wife Shannon, a dancer, who will perform Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango with Ng; Ng’s mother, Ann Ng, 92, who will play Liszt’s Liebestraum. Ng plans to play from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2.

“For those of you who are unfamiliar with this work, it is from the height of the Romantic era of Classical Music (read romance),” Ng said.

Church concerts

The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway and the Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., hosts concert pianist Jerry Nelson in two different performances Sunday, Feb. 10.

The Church of the Nazarene concert is at 9:30 a.m. and the Ponderosa Bible Church concert is at 6 p.m. As a composer, arranger, conductor and studio producer, he has conducted orchestras from London and Tel Aviv to Nashville and Los Angeles.

He has performed on all continents (except Antarctica) and teamed up with Dino and Anthony Burger, and accompanied such artists as Glen Campbell, Sandi Patti, Tom Netherton and Steve Amerson.

There is no charge for the Ponderosa Bible Church concert.

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