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Welcome to David M. Player Center for the Arts Online

Our goal with this website is to give you the latest information on upcoming shows and events. Below, you can find a list of all of our upcoming events. You are able to purchase tickets online and pay for them from the comfort of your own home. Gift Certificates are also available. Our site will include valuable information to help our friends, as well as potential events that are wanting to rent our facility.

Thank you to this year's SPONSORS: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, E.A. Glass, Quality Inn & Suites, CKC Construction & Materials, Majik 100.7 KJIK, Basha"s, Johnson Motors, CMI Quick Copy, Eastern Arizona Courier, Vining Funeral Home, Casa Manana, Country Financial, Bushman Dental, Eastern Arizona Ag Center, Trophies "N Tees, Smith & Taylor Automotive, and Brand Source.

Mariachi Alegre

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM

GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20

Mariachi Alegre has become one of the best and favorite mariachis in El Paso Texas entertaining since 1994. Mariachi Alegre has participated at the El Paso International Mariachi Conference, Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, Albuquerque Mariachi Festival, Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Most notably, Mariachi Alegre won the Sounds of Mesilla competition 6 years in a row and earned the honor to be the premier mariachi for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference.  
Mariachi Alegre welcomed and performed for artist such as Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Fernandez, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan , Mariachi Sol De Mexico, and the premier mariachi group for the Las Cruces Mariachi Conference, Mariachi Cobre.  Mariachi Alegre’s responsibilities included welcoming artists, performing for press conferences, live media (TV and radio), and were the featured group at the Las Cruces Showcase concert. Mariachi Alegre also went on to mentor younger Mariachi groups, believing that education is the key to success and a way to give back to a community. Join us this Christmas for some of the most joyous sounds of the season.

Ocotillo Winds

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20

The Ocotillo Winds are a refreshingly entertaining breeze from the desert Southwest. Their fast paced programs are packed with the dynamic energy of three virtuosos: oboist Martin Schuring, clarinetist Robert Spring and bassoonist Albie Micklich. With repertoire from the French countryside, the Brazilian rainforest and downtown Phoenix, their concerts are anything but dry. Gila Valley Arts Council proudly welcomes this great ensemble back for an encore performance.

Schuring's breath control was stunning, his technical skills nearly unbelievable - Arizona Republic
Robert Spring’s technical prowess is undeniable -BBC Journal
Albie Micklich plays with admirable smoothness and fulsome tone, and seems to relish the unfamiliar music he is playing. -Fanfare Magazine

James Torme

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM

GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20

According to Jazz FM, "If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket".  He is son of one of the all-time great Jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and three time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé.  James grew up spending time with a myriad of Jazz Legends such as Ell Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Buddy Rich, Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington. James’ smooth singing style draws from the “old school”, but has a very modern versatility and interpretation of his own where his clean-toned vibrato, Jazz sensibilities and charismatic stage presence are fast making this multi-award winning singer one of the most talked about artists of his generation. “… an extraordinary singer with immense resources… his phrasing ...audacious and brilliant,” raves London Jazz News. Torme will be accompanied by a trio of performers playing piano, drums and bass.

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