Welcome to the David M. Player Center for the Arts!
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At the David M. Player Center for the Arts, we are dedicated to the performing arts.
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Please contribute to excellence in performing arts in the Gila Valley!
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COMING IN FALL 2022 and SPRING 2023!
All GVAC public shows are at 7PM
November 16, 2022
Nobuntu is a “Five Part” A’cappella Vocal ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The name Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. Their repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro Jazz, Gospel and Crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira and some dance movements. Nobuntu is a production identified by its concept and philosophy, a new generation of young women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music is the most important and original wheel of change, way of expression of a new generation of young women singers with uniqueness to transcend racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.
January 11, 2023
Adam del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation. Del Monte is featured on the double GRAMMY® Award winning recording of Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov. He has performed the Concierto de Aranjuez twice at Disney Hall, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and in Jerusalem, as well as his own Flamenco Guitar Concerto with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Mak Grgic, touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the
Washington Post, Grammy®- nominated artist Mak Grgić [GER-gich] is a star on the worldwide stage. His roles as soloist, collaborator, and Grammy-nominated recording artist are fueled by curiosity, imagination, and boundless energy.
February 22, 2023
The Fitzgeralds have evolved to include a wide variety of material in their performances, including Celtic fiddle pieces, high-energy step dancing, and a focus on original compositions and arrangements. Their extensive tour history includes performances with notable artists; Natalie MacMaster, Ireland’s Nathan Carter, Leahy, Tony McManus, Cherish the Ladies, The StepCrew, and Lunasa. It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, mind-blowing step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart.
Black Oak Ensemble
March 22, 2023
The Black Oak Ensemble took root in 2011 when they performed for a stand-ing-room-only audience on Chicago’s prestigious Music in the Loft Series. Since then, the ensemble has performed for the Stradivari Society and appeared at the Chicago Cultural Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Mayne Stage, WFMT Radio, Windy City Live, and the Latino Music Festival. The ensemble was featured on a Ravinia Festival tour from Barcelona to Monte Carlo, and in summer 2016 they toured France, with concerts in Paris, Toulouse, and other cities. Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe are both founding members of the Lincoln Trio, which was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for best performance by a small ensemble. Aurelien Pederzoli was a founding member of the Spektral Quartet and the Anaphora Ensemble.
SAFFORD SCHOOLS MUSIC & ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS
All SUSD programs and concerts are at 6:30PM (*unless otherwise noted).
SUSD School Performances
SUSD Orchestras (5th - 12th Grades)
SUSD Bands (6th - 12th Grades)
Dorothy Stinson School
Lafe Nelson School
Ruth Powell School
Safford Middle School
8th Grade Promotion - May 24, 2023
Choir - November 13, 2023
Instrumental - November 21, 2023
Instrumental - March 7, 2024
Choir - April 17, 2024
Safford High School
Senior Honors Night - May 18, 2023
Choir - October 24, 2023
Orchestra - October 26, 2023
Orchestra Ensembles - November 9, 2023
Dance - December 1, 2023
SHS Music Department - December 12, 2023
SHS Music Department - February 1, 2024
Dance - April 5, 2024
SHS Piano Class - April 23, 2024
Choir (SHS & SMS) - May 13, 2024
Senior Honors Night - May 16, 2024
GILA VALLEY SCHOOLS
Discovery Plus Academy
Choir - December 6, 2023
Choir - April 22, 2023
Bands - December 11, 2023
Bands - APRIL 29, 2024
Choir - December 5, 2023
Choir - April 30, 2024
Choir - October 18, 2023
Choir - December 7, 2023
Choir - March 1, 2024
Choir - May 9, 2024
Multiple theater configurations to fit your need!
MAIN THEATER WITH STAGE EXTENSION (THRUST)
FOR MORE EVENTS PLEASE SEE THE CALENDAR BELOW!
Tickets can also be purchased in person at Richards Music in downtown Safford.
YOUR DONATION IS APPRECIATED!
Maps & Directions
David M. Player Center for the Arts--next door to Safford High School980 S. 14th AveSafford, AZ 85546