O Sole Trio to perform ‘From Pavarotti to Pop’

Contributed Photo: O Sole Trio will play “From Pavarotti to Pop” at the David M. Player Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

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SAFFORD – The Gila Valley Arts Council is proud to present O Sole Trio on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the David M. Player Center for the Arts. Click here to purchase tickets.

The trio will perform “From Pavarotti to Pop”, which was commissioned by Hillary McAndrew Plate (Director of Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) for the David Rubenstein Atrium at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“Incredible fun,” and “A true tour de force”, O Sole Trio takes the audience on a musical journey, revealing how Italian Americans influenced the American popular music scene throughout the decades. From humorous storytelling to their innovative and unique arrangements, this trio breathes new life into songs made famous by such legendary singers as Enrico Caruso, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, and Andrea Bocelli, combining virtuosic musical feats with an accessible and engaging program of well-known classics to create a show that’s “fast-paced, funny and touching, with two stellar voices and commanding accompaniment.”

Three singers from the far corners of the world moved to New York City with the common goal of pursuing their dreams of becoming world class performing musicians. When these three musicians met in New York City in 2012, a musical explosion occurred resulting in the creation of O Sole Trio, an exhilarating and uniquely talented classical crossover ensemble, that has been taking concert halls by storm all over the world.

O Sole Trio quickly established themselves as a musical force, selling out major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (who also commissioned their first show), The Redlands Bowl, Calif. (to a crowd of more than 6,000), Ronnie Scott’s, London, and more than 200 other venues all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. O Sole Trio features the lush and mesmerizing voices of soprano Erin Shields, and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin, the world’s first (and possibly only) musician to play violin and piano simultaneously.

From deliciously witty to incredibly moving, O Sole Trio’s shows have it all; they breathe new life into familiar toe-tapping favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. The trio has garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.

O Sole Trio continues to tour extensively throughout the United States. They are extremely proud to provide educational outreach concerts and masterclasses to children of all ages and economic backgrounds.

Tickets are currently on sale at Richards Music, 428-2442, Pollock’s Western Outfitters and online at www.saffordcenterforthearts.com or at the door. Adult ticket prices this year are only $10 or $15 and are all reserved seating. New this year are special prices for children and students at just $5. Adults can purchase tickets in the $10-$15 range and purchase children seats right next to them for only $5. GVAC is offering a great way for families to have quality time together.

The GVAC Fine Arts concert series is member supported. We graciously thank many of you, our individual donors who join as supporting members every year giving out of their personal pockets. Membership is vital to helping us make ends meet every year. Membership can range from as little as $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 to $1000, but every dollar is spent on the cost of bringing the artists here to not only perform a concert, but they also spend an extra day or two working with our school children with music workshops and school performances.  This school residency and public performance project was made possible by funding received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. GVAC is also very grateful for the support received from the United Way of Graham County, Freeport McMoRan Corporation, and the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley. Additionally a big thank you goes out to the Eastern Arizona Courier, MAJIK 100.7 KJIK-FM radio and the Gila Herald for promoting our events to the general public.

GVAC is also hoping to attract new volunteers who can help escort our artists to the classrooms as well as serving on our advisory board of directors. If you might be interested in helping them in this effort, contact GVAC President Tom Green at 428-0081.