Friday night, we covered The Celtic Tenors performance at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Now I have seen other tenor groups perform on PBS, I thought I knew what to expect from three guys on stage singing. Boy was I wrong. This was not just a trio of tenors showing off their singing abilities, no it was much more entertaining.
They did the usual intro and where they hail from (which is Ireland) and a bit of background on themselves, much what I expected. Then they went a lightened the mood a bit with a bit of humor.
Between every song was a bit of humor or a brief story to introduce the tune. They performed not just Celtic tunes, but even some folk and bluegrass. They performed a few comedic parts during song. It was an all-around entertaining evening.
Just to highlight one comical part. A dramatic story was being told before a song, when an audience members cell phone begins to ring. One of the tenor hears it, waits for a break in the story and says "If that is me mum, tell her I’m busy." This brought down the house in laughter and completely changed the mood from the story we were hearing.
Here is what others have had to say about these lads.
“Three separately and distinctive classically-trained tenors, who when they come together they are a superbly flawless unit. They combine the high standards of operatic singing with a delightfully informal sense of fun.” –The Irish Examiner
The Celtic Tenors sing a wonderful mixture of Celtic, operatic and popular songs and have sold over one million albums worldwide; with three albums achieving Platinum status. The group has established themselves as Ireland’s most successful classical cross-over artists. They have performed with the world's leading orchestras, including The Toronto Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops and the Vancouver Symphony orchestra. They have released seven albums and their first; The Celtic Tenors achieved double Platinum status, number-one in Ireland and Germany, number-two in the UK, and won the group the "Best Classical Crossover Act" in Germany.
From The Celtic Tenors you’ll get more than a performance by world-class artists. You’ll enjoy a holiday memory to savor and a night with singers who, despite their incredible vocal technique and commercial success, don’t take themselves too seriously! You'll be assured of a sparkling and most of all, good-humored performance. These lads genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of traditional Christmas songs like "The Wexford Carol,"
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