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May 19, 2013

Texas Tenors returning to Arcadia

— Contrary to popular western lore, the good guys, or at least the good singers, wear black hats.

The Texas Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

The trio performs while wearing black cowboy hats, black suits, western belt buckles and cowboy boots and last appeared at Arcadia in March 2012.

On their last visit, varied selections included “Mountain Music,” “My Way,” “Danny Boy,” “You Raise Me Up,” “Unchained Melody,” “God Bless the USA,” “O Sole Mio” and “Nessun Dorma.”

After having performed together only a few times, the three friends auditioned in Houston for television’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009.

Their performance landed them into the finals, making them the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show.

The tenors are Marcus Collins, pop voice; J.C. Fisher, country voice; and John Hagen, classical voice.

Collins’ performance venues have included talent shows, fairs and cruise ships, and he appeared in off-Broadway’s “Altar Boyz” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

He also has worked extensively as an actor with appearances in commercials, network television shows and films, including “P.S. I Love You,” “30 Rock” and “Sex and the City” and recurring roles on “One Life To Live” and “As The World Turns.”

While earning his bachelor’s degree in music, Fisher performed in “La Boheme,” “The Magic Flute,” “Don Pasquale” and “A Little Night Music.”

He traveled from Texas to Lucca, Italy, where he sang in the Puccini Festival.

Singing everything from country to gospel led to parts in “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Oklahoma.”

Hagen made his New York City Lincoln Center debut in Pietro Mascagni’s “Gulglielmo Ratcliff.”

He also created three tenor roles in the world premier of “The Lost Dauphane” for Pamiro Opera airing on PBS.  

Hagen has performed an array of operatic roles ranging from “La Traviata” to the title role of “Otello.”

He is highly regarded for his performances of Verdi’s “Requiem” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.”

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