Review: Ten Tenors from Australia

By Garry A. Reff

MUNCIE, INDIANA (ENTERTAINMENT) - It is always a pleasure to return to Emens auditorium and feel the opulence of richly tapestried curtains and plush seats. The Ten Tenors from Australia were making their second appearance to the Ball State campus, having entertained the community in 2009 with their regular tour. The stage lighting and audio were well-blended to add to the total effect of the presentation.

On this new tour featuring Broadway, the men began with songs from "West Side Story" like "Maria." The program progressed with renditions from "The Sound of Music," including "Eidelweiss." Behind the performers were scenes of mountains and other appropriate background. A small band accompanied the group, including of course a drummer. Their fans have bought over 3.5 million concert tickets across seven continents. These ten singers have four gold and two platinum albums, and two gold and one platinum DVD.

Reviews from the Los Angles Times declare: "The cluster of high voices generates pure electricity and undeniable drama." The Daily Variety states: "They are truly incandescent when performing at the full strength of 10." The audience received each segment of the performance with a warm round of applause.

According to Kristi Chambers, assistant director of marketing and communications at Emens, only two men who performed in the 2009 tour were here on stage Tuesday evening. "They have a wonderful stage presence," she said. Considering how tenors are known often at times for their stiletto voice range, she said, "I was impressed at how low their tones could go!" The evening's coordinator commented with enthusiasm. The program had mini-bios of eleven men, so we can't be sure which didn't sing, or perhaps they alternated.

A highlight of Ben Clark's journey was to singing the national anthem on September 11 at a San Diego Padres baseball game. Chad Hilligus performed in Tokyo, and David Kidd's voice has been heard all over Europe. Known for their unique approach to opera, they bring rock and classical music together.

The second half of the evening included tunes from "Wicked." Chambers was quite enthusiastic when giving her opinion of the evening's performance. The finale included a sing-along to which those in attendance responded warmly. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was likely a number that people didn't need help on to remember the words or the tune.

Over 1100 fans very likely went out the door with an uplifted mood. The next stops for The Ten Tenors will be in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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