Welcome to David M. Player Center for the Arts On-line
Safford CFA is proud to present our newly remodeled website. Our goal with this website is to give you the latest information on upcoming events. You are able to purchase on-line tickets and pay for them from home. Gift Certificates are also available. Our site will include valuable information to help our friends, as well as potential events who 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, McDonalds, 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.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $10, $15, $20
Fandango is a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Balkan and Classical sounds performed by four multi-award-winning, globe-trotting virtuosi—Eugenia Moliner, flute; Desirée Ruhstrat, violin; Denis Azabagic, guitar; and David Cunliffe, cello—who hail from Spain, the USA, former Yugoslavia, and the UK. They have played, separately and together, in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals including Ravinia (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), Symphony Center Chicago, the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, National Flute convention Gala Concert, USA, among many others.
Eugenia Moliner has been acclaimed as a “brilliant young musician” by the British Flute Society magazine. She has performed with the principal and co-principal musicians of the Chicago Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras. Denis Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago and Madrid Symphonies, among many others. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat has performed throughout the US and Europe, appearing at the White House and performing on live radio broadcast heard around the world with the Berlin Radio Orchestra; cellist David Cunliffe has performed with the BBC and Royal Scottish orchestras as well as touring as a member of the Balanescu Quartet. Bringing together performing experience spanning the globe, each member is an artist of international renown.
DIAMOND In The Rough
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $10, $20
"A TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND"
Come celebrate VALENTINE"S DAY with us!
The ultimate tribute show to Neil Diamond and his Music! Greg Diamond brings the look and sound, along with an amazing video and light show, to recreate the singer/songwriter's greatest hits including "Sweet Caroline", "Cracklin" Rosie", "Solitary Man", "Love On The Rocks" and many more. So bring your clapping hands and singing voices cause you"re gonna need em!
M5 Mexican Brass
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $10, $15, $20
M5 programs cover the full spectrum of brass literature including classical and world music, contemporary repertoire and pops arrangements. M5 mixes the well -known with the unexpected - surprising, virtuosic and always entertaining. With their skills for fine classical chamber music, showmanship, interaction with the audience and Latin American charm, the concert becomes a unique musical-theatrical performance. The five musicians break the barriers of musical genres as they take the Blues to the Opera and Bach to the roads of Michoacán.
Founded in Morelia, the capital of Michoacán in the Central Highlands of Mexico, the brass quintet has performed hundreds of concerts throughout Mexico, including recent tours through the states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas and a 30-concert tour through 10 states of the country.
RICH ARONOVITCH Comedy Show
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $15
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $15
Rich Aronovitch has appeared on Gotham Comedy LIVE on AXS TV; has hosted multiple episodes of Three Men and A Chick Flick on The W.E. Network; Hosted several episodes of The Morning Show on Playboy TV; Last Comic Standing on NBC; Has been seen dancing with Charo on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC; Created and co-hosted Show Interrupted on Ustream (an interactive talk show with guests such as Jon Lovitz, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Brandon T. Jackson); The Upright Citizen’s Brigade on Comedy Central; Killer Sets on Time Warner on Demand; Series Pilot Love Sport on MTV; And series pilot Last Laugh At Pips on HBO featuring Woody Allen.
He was recently nominated for the LA Comedy Awards “Break Out Comic of The Year” and won the Las Vegas Film Festival’s “Silver Ace Award” for his film Waiting To Stand-Up (where Rich plays ten different roles). His diverse style has allowed Aronovitch to appear in prestigious venues including Madison Square Garden, the Performing Arts Center in Providence, The Borgota in Atlantic City, The Orleans in Las Vegas, The Music Box Theater in Foxwoods, the Berkley Center in Boston.
Rich has appeared in multiple comedy festivals such as: The Toyota Comedy Festival in NY, The Capetown International Comedy Festival in South Africa, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, The New Orleans Comedy Festival, The Underground Comedy Festival in New York, The Hometown Comedy Project in Houma, and was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival.
Aronovitch will be seen in the upcoming movie Wingman Inc. produced by Lion's Gate. Rich was a regular on Friday’s with Jim Breuer on Raw Dog Channel 99, XM Sirius Radio as well as on 24/7 Comedy.
Gila Valley Idol
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $7
Gila Valley Idol is back again for the 11th annual competition. Approximately 20 finalists will compete for the $1,000 First Prize at 7 pm on Thursday, March 24th, at the David M. Player Center For The Arts.
GV Idol is the largest local talent contest of its kind, with seven preliminary contests leading up to the Finals on March 24th.
Sponsored by Freeport McMoRan, Valley TeleCom, Arizona State Credit Union, Richards Music, Mann Mortgage, Trophies "N Tees and Tyson Richins at Edward Jones Investments-----and produced by the McMurray Radio Stations: Kat Kountry, Sunny 102 and KATO-AM.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM
David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.”
Soon after, the young Utahan signed with Jive Records and his first single “Crush,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of its release. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads that first week in the U.S. and subsequently more than 1.92 million digital copies. Three months later, David’s self-titled album, “David Archuleta,” went gold, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S., and more than 900,000 worldwide. “It was so neat to see how positive fans were about ‘Crush,’” David says of the enthusiastic reception for his chart debut.
Born in Miami, Florida, to Lupe Marie (née Mayorga), a salsa singer and dancer from Honduras, and Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician of Spanish–Basque, Danish, Irish, German, and Iroquois descent, David credits his parents with shaping his musical style. “Music was always a part of my life growing up,” he says. “My mother was also big on dancing and would teach my older sister and me to dance to traditional music. I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.”
His family moved to the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, when David was six years old and he was soon making a name for himself as a singer, winning the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition when he was just ten, and the Junior Vocal Champion award on Star Search 2 when he was 12. After “Idol,” and his initial chart successes, David continued to win accolades in subsequent years including, three Teen Choice Awards for Breakout Artist, Love Song, and the Music Tour category, as well as the Year in Music – Rising Male Star award at the ALMA Awards. As well as releasing a second studio album, “Christmas from the Heart,” in 2009, David also managed to find time to make his acting debut on the Nickelodeon show iCarly, and appear in Season 3 of the Disney Channel show “Hannah Montana,” on which he sang “I Wanna Know You,” in a duet with Miley Cyrus.
In 2010 David released his third album, “The Other Side of Down” which featured the single “Something ‘Bout Love” and appeared as guest star on The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s holiday album, “David Archuleta – Glad Christmas Tidings.”
“I grew up with such a great respect for the Choir, and never imagined I’d be up there with them one day,” he says. “Just getting to be up on that stage with the Choir is one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt in my life.”
David went on to release his fourth album, “Forevermore,” exclusively in the Philippines in March 2012 where it was soon certified gold. Later that year he released his fifth album, “Begin,” which featured the new original track, “Broken.” David’s sixth album, “No Matter How Far” was released in March 2013 along with a new song, “Don’t Run Away,” which was released on iTunes as the accompanying lead single.
In 2012, David, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, put his singing career on hiatus so he could volunteer for a two-year stint as a full-time missionary in Santiago, Chile, at the La Misión Chile Rancagua. He’s described his experience of the mission as “a dream come true.” His decision to serve was influenced by his mother, who told him it was singer Donny Osmond who had helped get her interested in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I never thought I would have the guts to talk to so many different people,” Archuleta says of his time in Chile, adding that, since he’s completed his mission there, he’s never been more confident of either his singing or speaking skills — in English or in Spanish. Pursuing a greater sense of purpose as he did on his mission, is nothing new to the now 23-year-old Murray, Utah, native who battled a bout of vocal cord paralysis when he was 13, while competing on CBS’s “Star Search.”
He chronicled the debilitating experience in his New York Times bestselling 2010 memoir, “Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance,” and the determination to overcome obstacles, such as the worrying illness, resonates in the overall message of the songs he wrote for his second album, “The Other Side of Down.”
“Instead of acting like everything in life is so hard and confusing, look at it this way: The only way you can go from here is up,” he says. “It’s our decisions and how we handle things that matter, even when they get rough. If we keep holding on, looking at things positively and working hard, we can improve our lives, help ourselves, and even help the greater good.” David returned from Chile in March 2014 eager to perform and record once again. Since his return he’s traveled to the Middle East to perform for U.S. troops, recorded the song “Glorious” for the recently released “Meet The Mormons” movie, and been busy writing songs for a new album that will be released in 2015.