Celtic Tenors herald St. Pat's Day at StageOne
Published 1:39 pm, Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Fairfield Theatre Company will present a performance by the Celtic Tenors at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at StageOne, 70 Sanford St. Doors open at 7 o'clock.
The tenors are Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson, who have been touring the world as purveyors of Irish folk and traditional Celtic music since the mid-1990s, according to an FTC news release. The singers, known for distinctive three-part harmonies, have "crossed over" from classical singing into a position as revival artists with great flexibility in melding their voices to suit the appropriate classical, folk, Irish and pop genres, the release stated.
The group has worked "long and hard" at establishing itself as the most successful classical crossover artists to emerge from Ireland, the release said. Following an impromptu audition at British music company EMI in London in 2000, the trio was signed on the spot to an international record deal, a highly unusual event that was the talk of the music industry.
Its first album, "The Celtic Tenors," earned double-platinum status in their homeland, was No. 1 in Ireland and Germany and No. 2 in the U.K., and won the Echo Award for best classical crossover act in Germany.
The group, having performed worldwide, has sung with opera companies, appeared in concert with Dionne Warwick, Air Supply and The Chieftains. and sung for world leaders. such as former President Bill Clinton and former U.N. Secretary-
General Kofi Annan.
For tickets ($25, $22 FTC members), call 203-259-1036 or visit www.fairfieldtheatre.org.