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March 14, 2012

Texas Tenors | Versatile trio bringing singing talents to Arcadia

Don’t be misled by the black cowboy hats worn by the Texas Tenors.

They’re good guys. And they’re even better singers, said Frank Cunsolo, Arcadia Theater program director.

Cunsolo booked the group not long after its popularity began to soar following a runner-up finish on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

The tenors have been crisscrossing the globe from Las Vegas to Scotland and will make an appearance at 8 p.m. March 25 at the theater, 1418 Graham Ave.

“It’s a great show because it’s far different than people may think when they hear the word Texas,” Cunsolo said. “They may think of Texas as country and tenors as classical but are surprised to learn that the trio does songs ranging from the hits of John Denver to opera’s Puccini.”

Two years ago, the three friends – Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagen – were struggling to pay their bills.

On a lark, after having performed together only a couple of times, the trio auditioned in Houston for television’s “America’s Got Talent.”

The Texas Tenors won the hearts of millions of fans, which landed them into the finals, making them the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show.

Cunsolo said that popularity was evident when a woman from Massachusetts wrote him a heartfelt letter in January asking him to reserve tickets for the Arcadia performance.

“She wanted front-row seats on the left side of the theater,” Cunsolo said. “She said this will be her 35th time she has seen the group and described herself as the group’s biggest fan.”

The singers, who regularly perform while wearing black suits, western belt buckles and cowboy boots, take their singing seriously as they drift effortlessly from one song to another.

Cunsolo said he has booked Irish tenors and Italian tenors, but few performers match the versatility of  the Texas Tenors.

“The remarkable thing is that they are each so talented in their own right while giving such a multifaceted performance,” Cunsolo said.

They have found a perfect harmony by teaming up a country singer, a contemporary artist, and a classical opera singer all on the stage at the same time.

The men will be singing such varied selections as “Mountain Music,” “My Way,” “Danny Boy,” “You Raise Me Up,” “O Sole Mio,” and “Nessun Dorma,” which has been sung by the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.

“When the tenors blend their voices it should bring a collective smile to the audience,” Cunsolo said.

That may be particularly true when they sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” or an a cappella version of “Shenandoah,” which they often do.

“The show will include a heart-warming rendition of ‘Unchained Melody,’ made famous by the Righteous Brothers,” Cunsolo said.

The tenors’ performance of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” will bring the concert to a close.

“It’s an inspiring and well-deserved tribute to our veterans,” Cunsolo said. “After the show, the trio will meet and greet the audience in our lobby to sign autographs and be available for pictures.”

Onstage

What: Texas Tenors.

Where: Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

When: 8 p.m. March 25.

Tickets: Available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the box office, by calling 467-9070 or visiting www.arcadiatheater.net.

Cost: $35, $37, $40.

Information:  467-9070.

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