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Heather O'Day, quartet on stage at 7 p.m. Friday

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Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 11:00 pm

The next concert in the La Encantada Summer Concert Series is this Friday, Sept. 2, when Heather O'Day and the Stephen Anthony Quartet take the stage.

The show starts at 7 p.m. It's being presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Individual tickets are $10 in advance and $11 the day of the show. They are "buy one, get one free" with mention. Tickets may be purchased by calling 797-3959.

How might one describe the four-octave range of jazz singer O'Day? "Take the betterment of The Metropolitan Opera and combine it with the raw drama of an Alice Cooper show," a release said. O'Day is "somewhere in the middle."

O'Day has accomplished a variety of extended musical feats, including a win in the Metropolitan Opera Competition for Arizona, and selection by Alice Cooper to perform at his event "Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding." She counts among her inspirations the pure voices of jazz greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.

Concert excerpts are available at http://www.myspace.com/heatheroday">www.myspace.com/heatheroday.

O'Day and the band play until 9 p.m. in the lower-level La Encantada garden courtyard. Ticket stubs can be redeemed at La Encantada restaurants.

The final acts in this summer's series are Jovert!, the steel drum band performing Sept. 17, and Bill Ganz and his Western Band, on stage Oct. 1.

Proceeds from the summer concert series benefit arts education programs and activities SAACA sponsors in local schools, and at its community festivals and programs.

To produce the series, SAACA partners with title sponsor La Encantada, a Westcor shopping center, and the Tucson Federal Credit Union.

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