For the first time in Lubbock!
Australia's most famous musical export, The Ten Tenors, make a triumphant return to North America this fall as their Here's to the Heroes world tour brings them to 65 cities across Canada and the United States. Ably tackling everything from arias to Abba, their unique style is unparalleled fusion of artistry, musicianship and comedy.
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The Ten Tenors hit the stage in their Lubbock premiere for four performances only, January 31- February 2, 2008 at the City Bank Auditorium.
These North American dates are the latest installment to The Tenor's blockbuster world tour in support of their current CD release, Here's To The Heroes. The album, released in North America to rave reviews by Rhino Records, has reached gold and platinum status in several countries around the world and has held top 10 chart positions in many more, including the U.S.A.
The Ten Tenors have now been seen by over 90 million people on four continents, selling out shows and winning hearts with their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power in opera, pop, rock, and more. They have appeared as headliners and alongside such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Andrea Boccelli, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, and Christina Aguilera to name but a few.
Their CD One is Not Enough reached the Top 10 on the European pop charts and they were invited by Disney to record the theme song "Jungle Rhythm" for the film "Jungle Book 2" (2003). They have been awarded "Best Artist Pop Meets Classics Award" by the Radio Hamburg Awards and received "The Variety Group of the Year Award" at the 29th Annual Australian Entertainment MO Awards.
During their 2006 U.S. tour, The Ten Tenors left critics raving. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed, "The cluster of high voices generates pure electricity and undeniable drama." Arizona Daily Star declared, "It's breathtaking listening to these 10 crystalline voices come together as if they were one." And Daily Variety announced, "They are truly incandescent when performing at the full strength of 10."
Who's Who of The Ten Tenors
- Shannon Brown (Tenor) Shannon's prodigious talent has been nurtured since the age of seven when he began singing, playing piano and studying musicology at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. As a choir member, he sang in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He also performed in the Opening of the Paralympic Games and was a featured soloist in the Pacific School Games.
An accomplished musician, with experience in drama and musical theatre, Shannon was selected in 2000 to become a graduating student in the Talent Development Project where his creative talents have been developed and enhanced. Shannon has extensive experience in both studio recording and television and has composed, conducted and produced live recordings of a number film scores for large Symphony Orchestras. More recently, Shannon was selected to be a part of the ABC Television documentary series called The Rising Stars. Co-Producing, composing and arranging tracks for this series enabled Shannon to expand his experience as a composer and musical director.
During 2002 Shannon toured Beijing performing with the Morrison Chinese Big Band. Assisting John Morrison with musical direction helped shape and define Shannon's love for jazz.
Shannon hopes to continue singing, performing and enjoying the musical experience with The Ten Tenors and with audiences around the world.
- Drew Graham (Tenor) A potential career as a professional saxophonist threw Drew together with the other members of The Ten Tenors. While studying saxophone at university, Drew saw the fun that his mates in the vocal department were having and quickly transferred to the vocal course. Shortly thereafter, in 1998, Drew became a member of The Ten Tenors and since then his saxophone has languished in its case, except for occasional cameo appearances on stage and on The Ten Tenors' recordings.
Prior to joining The Ten Tenors, Drew undertook critically acclaimed performances in The Bartered Bride, Brahms' Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and numerous performances with Studiopera.
Through his passion for digital video and photography, Drew has become a self-styled multi-media biographer of the group; he is currently shooting a documentary-style film of The Ten Tenors' touring life.
- Craig Hendry (Tenor) Craig, or "Chendry", as he is affectionately known by the others, first joined The Ten Tenors back in August 2000 as the group's keyboard player and backing programmer. Previous experience in this area included accompanying various choirs, playing in numerous jazz ensembles and musical theatre orchestras and creating demo tracks in his home studio.
But it was Chendry's vocal background that would eventually come to the fore and in January 2003, he joined the "front line" of The Ten Tenors. Despite a largely classically-based training, Chendry's main experience was forged in the field of vocal jazz, having both participated and performed in jazz festivals and master classes in Australia and Asia. Highlights include the 1998 Singapore Fringe Festival, singing with Michael Crawford on his Australian tour of the same year and performing the lead boy soprano line in his Grade 3 choir's rendition of "Don Gatto".
Chendry also brings inspiration from the world of theatre. You may remember him in roles of varying degrees of importance in such critically acclaimed plays as Camelot and West Side Story, to name but a few.
When he's not on stage, Chendry enjoys reading, exercising and Smirnoff Vodka and continues his involvement in the creation of the group's orchestrations, arrangements and original material.
- David Kidd (Tenor) David "Billy the" Kidd was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1971 (yes, that makes him the oldest tenor). A love for his state of birth saw him involve himself with as many organizations as he could contain its name: the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Queensland Youth Choir, Opera Queensland, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. (David really loves Queensland.)
He also loves to travel. In his life, he's lived in London, Edinburgh, Oxford and Durham, North Carolina.
Before joining The Ten Tenors in 1998, David was a member of the dubiously authentic mariachi band, the Kundelini Brothers; a cappela group, The Clefhangers and numerous other bizarre and sometimes silly vocal groups that have slipped into the mists of historical obscurity.
An interest in children's theatre has seen David write and perform in a number of concerts and plays for small people and an interest in professional public embarrassment has involved him dressing as pirates, leprechauns, Santa, cavemen, clowns, and Elvis in places where lots of people can see him.
David enjoys wind-surfing, single malt-whiskey, going to movies and working on his novel (really) but he never knows what to write in his bio.
- Liam McLachlan (Tenor) As one of the newest of the guys in The Ten Tenors, Liam has been very excited to join in all the fun of touring and performing!
After debuting in a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in his final year of high school, Liam began study and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music then went on to study a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay.
During his time at University he performed in many Operas and Musicals including "The Bartered Bride", "L'Orfeo", "The Threepenny Opera", "And The World Goes 'Round", Tevye in "Fiddler on The Roof" and in many Plays, Concerts and Cabarets. Liam took time off from his studies to perform in "South Pacific" in Chiang Mai Thailand, and after graduating has performed in a film production of "South Pacific" starring Harry Connick Jr. and Glenn Close, The Twins in "The Venetian Twins" (for which he won the Best Actor Award at the prestigious "Dolphin Awards" on the Gold Coast), "Summer Rain" and most recently understudied Peter Cousens in the role of Tobias in "Sweeney Todd".
When not studying or performing for a company, Liam has passed the time making a jackass of himself and others at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, and enjoys just about everything that even remotely resembles a good time.
Liam has spent excessive amounts of time traveling the world flying the flag for Australia and looks forward very much to doing more of it with the Ten Tenors.
- Dion Molinas (Tenor) A graduate of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Dion is trained in both classical (under the direction of Lorraine Smith) and contemporary voice (under the direction of Beth Allen and Raymond Connell). Dion has also trained in ballet, tap and modern dance.
Dion began his musical career playing one of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. Since that auspicious beginning, Dion has performed in a variety of productions, most notably - Little Shop of Horrors, Tim - Lillian, Barnaby Tucker - Hello Dolly, Frank - Showboat, Mute - The Fantasticks, Marius - Les Miserables, Jesus - Godspell, Noel Coward - Tonight at 8.30, Jesus - Jesus Christ Superstar, Balladeer - Assassins.
Dion has performed in productions of Dido and Aeneas, Mahler's 8th Symphony, John Rutter's Requiem, and sang the tenor solo in Haydn's Nelson Mass. Dion joined The Ten Tenors in 1997.
- Stewart Morris (Tenor) A man with a reputation for controversy, Stewart loves making grand entrances. Most famously he welcomed guests to his 21st birthday celebrations with a powerful rendition of "Di Quella Pira" from Verdi's Il Trovatore, while entering the party on horseback!
Stewart's musical career has been similarly colorful with appearances in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Angelique, Ravel's Les Enfant et les Sortiliges (in which Stewart made his operatic debut as a FRUIT BAT!), and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, before finally making his debut with The Ten Tenors in 2001.
Stewart loves include relaxing with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, listening to heavy metal and watching horror films. Stewart's encyclopedic knowledge of B-Grade films is legendary.
- Jason Short (Tenor) Jason is a 24 year old Sagittarian who was born and bred in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. At the age of ten, he moved to Queensland and through friends was introduced to the world of the performing arts. Since then, the passion to perform in front of the masses has taken hold, and it's unlikely he will ever look back! From performances in Les Misérables to a televised rendition as Frankenfurta from the Rocky Horror Show, Jason has loved every minute of his performing life.
As a young lad, sport also played a significant role in Jason's life. After some strict instruction and his first blue & white beanie and scarf from his Great Aunt Gladis, Jason will forever be an avid supporter of the AFL team, Geelong Cats. GO THE CATS!
Jason is forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to tour and perform to audiences all around the world with The Ten Tenors.
- Dom Smith (Tenor) Dom returns to The Ten Tenors after a short leave of absence, during which he appeared in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Queensland
Dom Smith has been involved in music for as long as he can remember. It was as a schoolboy trombonist that he discovered his passion
for classical music and jazz. Dom studied to be an accountant at university and took up singing in his spare time to relieve the boredom.
Before joining The Ten Tenors, Dom performed the roles of Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw and Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, in addition to extensive oratorio work, most notably in Bach's St. John Passion. Dom loves playing golf and spending long afternoons at the "19th" hole.
Dom's favorite aspect of being in The Ten Tenors is that all the traveling gives him an outstanding opportunity to sample the great beers of the world!
- Steven Sowden (Tenor) Steven pursued music from an early age, and graduated from the Central Queensland University Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2004. Steve has played leading roles in Aspects of Love, Chess, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate and Footloose.
In 2006, Steven completed an extended contract performance in the Broadway Musical Theatre Revue 'Encore' at Japan's Tokyo DisneySea.
Steven is delighted to be the most recent addition to The Ten Tenors, and eagerly anticipates performing to The Tenors' legion of devoted fans!
Steven Baker graduated in 1997 from the University of Queensland with first class honors and a University Medal, having studied composition and piano. He is currently completing a PhD in Composition at the University of York.
- Steven Baker (Artistic Director) In September 2000, Steven received five performances of a large orchestral work by the Australian Youth Orchestra. The first two of these performances took place in the Sydney Opera House sharing the bill with Pinchas Zukerman.
Steven has also written music for short films and music education books, studied viola, recorder and harpsichord and regularly plays jazz.
Steven is the Artistic Director of The Ten Tenors.
- Michael Manikus (Keyboards) Michael, or "Flash" as he known amongst the tenors for his joy of taking pictures in the early days, joined The Ten Tenors on keyboards and piano in January 2003.
Michael has been studying piano and keyboards since he was 8 years old. He sings, but doesn't really have a big tenor voice. Michael also dances, plays percussion, guitar, bass and clarinet, but not usually at the same time.
Music has always been an important factor in Michael's life. From an early age, he could quite naturally work out melodies on the piano by ear from his family's vast record collection. To this day, Michael continues to develop his ears and musical tastes by having an open, eclectic CD/Mp3 collection and attending as many different interesting concerts as possible, both on tour and at home.