The second half of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2018-2019 season begins next week.
As part of the 40th anniversary, Vox Fortura, a classical crossover group from the United Kingdom, performs at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
Vox Fortura was a semi-finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
Described by fans as “the next Il Divo,” Vox Fortura can perform almost any era or genre of music, including everything from Elgar and Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers” to David Bowie, John Legend and Ed Sheeran.
Vox Fortura members are Brandon Coleman, Thomas Goodridge, Elias Hendricks and Khaya Maseko.
Coleman, a graduate of the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, has been praised for his “exotic vocal coloring” by Opera News, and “wonderful resonance” by Classical Singer. Coleman made his international debut in 2011 as Sarastro in “Die Zauberflote” with the Tuscia Opera Festival, under the baton of Maestro Stefano Vignati. Coleman currently resides in the New York City area.
Goodridge was born and raised in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and began training at the Jackie Palmer Stage School at an early age. He has always had a passion for performing arts, and landed his first professional acting role at 15.
Hendricks is currently an opening cast member of “Motown the Musical” in the Shaftesbury Theater on London’s West End, where he performed as the lead singer of the Temptations and covered the lead role of Berry Gordy. He is equally at home in the genres of opera, soul, and musical theater.
Maseko is a South East London based singer, artist and musician. Born in Lewisham to a South African father and British mother, his family moved to South Africa when he was 6 years old. He began writing songs at the age of 8 and began classical vocal training at the world-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir School at the age of 11. At 14, he started his first original music project, a hip-hop trio known as KK Juse.
Scheduled to perform for the balance of the 2018-19 season:
• Vocal Trash, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27: Recycling to make a cleaner, healthier planet for future generations has been the mission of Vocal Trash since its inception. It is an urban-themed, Broadway-style production that reconnects us with our planet. The seven-member troupe rescues items from landfills to create a meaningful experience unlike any other with toolbox guitars, a milk-urn bass and numerous re-purposed industrial percussion props to accompany singing, breakdancing and comedy.
• SAXsational, The Next Generation, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13: Arizona State University School of Music graduate and founder of the Disney jazz band, the Side Street Strutters, Rob Verdi returns to Payson for his third concert featuring the saxophone. He explores a variety of musical styles, including popular jazz standards of the swing era, iconic rhythm and blues selections and trendy, contemporary pop hits. The concert will also feature a performance by the Payson High School band of music prepared in collaboration with the artist.
• Cadence, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 7: This Canadian vocal group produces the powerful, rich sounds of a full band using only four voices. This a cappella ensemble brings an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song it sings with a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun.
All concerts are held at the PHS Auditorium. Subscriptions are $100. Children and students under the age of 18 are admitted at no charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. A limited number of single performance tickets are offered at the door, 30 minutes before the performance, for $25 each.
For more information, visit the Tonto Community Concert Association website at www.tccarim.org or call 928-472-2423 or 303-903-2895.