The Gold Canyon Arts Council has released the lineup for its 2022-2023 Canyon Sounds Performance Series – a roster that will include a classical Irish pianist and a Canadian family of fiddlers and dancers.
The series – five concerts presented annually by the Canada Council – kicks off Friday, November 18, 2022 with ‘piano poet’ John O’Conor, who earned the title with his formidable technique, mastery of keyboard color and its unique sound. This Irish classical pianist, through his concert appearances and critically acclaimed recordings, is a masterful interpreter of classical and romantic piano repertoires. The ticket includes a lecture/recital and a master class by O’Conor on November 19 at 12 p.m.
The upcoming season will also feature the following artists (all concerts, including O’Conor’s, at 7 p.m.):
* Folk Legacy Trio Friday January 13, 2023
This fabulous group is made up of former members of the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters and the Diamonds. With their signature dynamic harmonies, they’ll take you down Memory Lane with songs from the great folk era of the 50s to 70s – including songs by Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, The New Christy Minstrels, Judy Collins and more. others.
* The Black Market Trust Friday, February 10, 2023
This pop/vocal/instrumental group from Los Angeles combines the songs and sounds of legendary American crooners with the fire and energy of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. These five world-class musicians have traveled the world performing on the world’s biggest stages.
* The Fitzgeralds Friday, February 24, 2023
This Canadian family of fiddlers and dancers are Grandmaster Fiddle and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions. They present an eclectic program of jigs and reels, bluegrass, Celtic dancing and Ottawa Valley jigging, with original dance routines and friendly banter that make for a truly unforgettable musical experience.
* Black Oak Together Friday, March 24, 2023
Praised for their insightful, masterful performances, and fierce eloquence, this young trio is one of the most innovative chamber ensembles on the international stage, presenting exciting programs from Bach to music today.
All performances will be held at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Golden Canyon. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; tickets for K-12 students are $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.goldcanyonarts.org or at the following locations: Robin Rotella Realtors, 6641 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon 85118 (credit card, cash or check) or the Apache Chamber of Commerce Junction, 567 Apache Trail, Apache Junction 85120.
The Gold Canyon Arts Council’s nonprofit mission is arts education for underserved students in regional schools, to which the council donates instruments, music and visual arts lessons, and supplies. The council’s performers also offer in-school tutorials, workshops and masterclasses. All of the council’s income goes to its arts education mission.