The Tenors turn in a blazing performance with the ISO

February 20, 2019

The Tenors – Courtesy of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Used with permission.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this past Valentine’s weekend than seeing The Tenors perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Jack Everly. I had the great pleasure of attending the Printing Partners Pops Series concert Saturday at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

I last saw the trio of singers, formerly known as the Canadian Tenors, when they performed in 2016 at Clowes Memorial Hall. At the time, there were four in the group. The current members are Fraser Walters, Victor Micallef and Clifton Murray. Having performed in over 1,000 live shows and countless live TV shows on five continents, the award-winning vocalists have achieved great renown through their unique repertoire, impressive harmonies and physical appeal. Those same, distinct qualities were certainly abundant in a program that blended classical music with contemporary pop.

The always-captivating ISO opened the concert with “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich prior to the entrance of The Tenors. Dressed in well-tailored suits, with Maltese-Canadian opera singer Micallef wearing his trademark hat, the trio strode onto the stage before launching into a fast-paced set that not only showcased their superb voices and remarkable versatility, but also their seasoned showmanship.

In a concert filled with variety, there were several selections that really stood out. They included “Parla Piu Piano,” “Instrument of Peace,” a stunning rendition of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma,” a Smokey Robinson medley, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and “My Way,” made famous by Frank Sinatra.

In a nod to the evening’s celebration of love, the ISO closed the concert on a romantic note with Richard Rodgers’ “My Funny Valentine,” followed by Arthur Schwartz’s “Dancing in the Dark,” and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.”

Making for a completely unexpected conclusion to a highly entertaining evening and one of the most unpredictable, not to mention powerful moments I have ever experienced in a live performance, was The Tenors encore number. Thanks to the 2018 Oscar-nominated (Best Picture and Best Actor) biopic of the legendary band Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the film’s title song has become more popular than ever. Backed by the ISO, The Tenors’ interpretation was explosive, leaving me and as far as I could tell, the entire audience absolutely stunned. It was a bravura performance I will long remember for its passion and potency. Freddie Mercury lives!

photo: Julie Curry

About Tom

Journalist, producer, director, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, arts administrator, TV contributor, actor, model, writer and lyricist, Tom Alvarez has had an extensive career in media and the fine arts and continues to be an enthusiastic and devoted fan of both. His passion and unique background grant him insight, access and perspective to cover, promote and review the arts in Indianapolis, Central Indiana and beyond. Follow him on social media @tomalvarezartswriter and @tomalvarez1.

Alvarez has been writing about theatre, dance, music, cinema and visual arts for 40 years. His work has appeared in the Indianapolis Star, NUVO, Indianapolis Monthly, Arts Indiana, Unite Magazine, Dance Magazine, NOTE Magazine, and, among many other print and online platforms. A former contributor to Across Indiana on WFYI-TV, he currently has a regular performing arts segment on WISH-TV’s Indy Style, and is a creative arts reporter for Reel Life TV, an entertainment show also broadcast on WISH-TV.

A principal of Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC, Alvarez co-created “Calder, The Musical” and is the managing director of Magic Thread Cabaret. As an actor-model, he has appeared in numerous TV and print ads and is represented by the Helen Wells Agency and Heyman Talent Artists Agency.

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