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Three Tenors From Texas Make Debut on KUED
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
The star-studded, cowboy trio from Texas, The Texas Tenors, will make their musical debut on KUED Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. with a new special, You Should Dream.
Performing with members of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in Phoenix, Arizona, The Texas Tenors bring their own signature blend of breathtaking vocals, humor, and cowboy charm to their first PBS special. The highest-ranking vocal group in the history of America’s Got Talent, this versatile and talented trio — Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher — smoothly blend great music from the worlds of country, folk, opera, and Broadway.
The Texas Tenors’ debut album Country Roots - Classical Sound soared to #1 on both classical and country charts in 2010, and remains a strong seller. Their new album, You Should Dream, is devoted to the classical treatment of country, Broadway, and standard favorites and forms the basis for the show.
The Texas Tenors - You Should Dream features these performances:
- “Mountain Music”
- “Sole Mio”
- “Danny Boy”
- “The Climb”
- “You Should Dream”
- “Unchained Melody”
- “Nessun Dorma”
- “Wild Horses”
- “God Bless The USA”
- “Rocky Top”
- “Bless The Broken Road”
- “Somewhere” (from West Side Story)
More about the tenors:
Marcus was born is a small town and began to sing at the age of 4. He first learned how to sing by emulating his favorite radio artists like Garth Brooks and George Michael before training classically in college. Along with numerous talent shows, fairs, and cruise ships, Marcus has also performed in New York City with the cast of Hairspray, Off-Broadway’s Altar Boyz as Matthew, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and as Jinx in Forever Plaid.
Beyond music he has worked extensively as an actor with appearances in over 100 episodes of network television, 25 films, and numerous commercials including P.S. I Love You, Across The Universe, 30 Rock, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Sex and the City, recurring roles on One Life To Live, and As The World Turns.
John, who has been described as “astonishing.. a superb tenor of deep musicality,” made his Lincoln Center debut in New York City in Teatro Grattacielo’s mounting of Mascagni’s Gulglielmo Ratcliff. Mr. Hagen created three tenor roles in the world premier of The Lost Dauphane for Pamiro Opera airing on PBS.
John has performed a vast array of operatic roles ranging from Alfredo in La Traviata to the title role of Otello for Cleveland Opera on tour. His favorite Broadway roles include Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Che in Evita. John has received many awards and accolades throughout his career including finalist in the New Jersey Opera Association of Verismo Opera competition held at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera Auditions Regional Finalist, and winner of numerous competitions mounted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Mr. Hagen is highly regarded for his performances of the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performing these works with more than a dozen symphonies. John has taught voice and vocal pedagogy at his alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa.
JC has entertained audiences around the world for the past 15 years. In high school, he had a passion for sports and also enjoyed singing in church. He discovered a deeper of singing at Wichita State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music.
JC performed various roles including Rodolfo in La Boheme, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and Henrick in A Little Night Music.
After college, JC traveled to Lucca, Italy where he sang in the Puccini festival under the direction of acclaimed Italian maestro Lorenzo Malfatti. He then created a home base in Katy, TX before sailing the high seas aboard over 75 cruise ships worldwide with his one man show. This allowed JC to create a program with many different genres of music and world class arrangements which eventually led to his idea of forming The Texas Tenors with his two best friends.