Is there a better way to start the Christmas season than with a visit from the Tenors?
Formerly the Canadian Tenors, four gentlemen dressed in formal attire with amazing voices to warm your heart with their unique style and sound.
I was kind of shocked first of all to see a wide range of fans from youngsters to seniors and most dressed in semi-formal outfits. This was the first major holiday gathering for many. I would say most attendees were in pairs, a couples night out you could say.
Festive lighting on the stage set the mood for a Christmas show which all were anticipating. On to the stage The Tenors appeared, powerful voices filled the arena at the GM Centre in Oshawa Saturday night. The sound engineers must have put in overtime, the sound was very crisp and clear no matter what the volume. Starting with two original tunes, the Christmas theme began to come out with the seasonal favourites.
The crowd got a few surprises throughout the evening, first when the Durham Girls Choir joined The Tenors on stage for a few Christmas songs. These young voices enhanced the sound, which brought the audience to its feet.
A second surprise was fan interaction. Each member from the group answered some audience questions. Instead of writing question out, each tenor took their turn with a microphone in the crowd for a great spontaneous question period.
After a short intermission, the crowd was introduced to The Next Generation Leahy, the family of Doug Leahy, wife Jennifer and their six children. An east coast tap and fiddle exhibition was put on by the musical family from Lakefield. Everyone was amazed with this performance and everyone in the arena was standing to show his or her appreciation on a fine performance.
The Tenors Band was also recognized with a medley of Christmas classics including, ‘Winter Wonderland’.
Fan interaction continued when tenor Remi Pereira strutted along the floor answering more questions, then belted out a rendition from the Barbers of Seville in an Operatic style while a excited female fan caressed his head and shoulders.
‘Ave Maria’ brought tears to the eyes of many before the group turned to the popular song, ‘Halleujah’. This brought the crowd to its feet and hands clapping as the set came to an end. Fan enthusiasm brought The Tenors back for a one-song encore of “O Holy Night”.
These four gentlemen came to entertain with super voices and some fun for all. Proceeds of the night were donated to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oshawa. This show was a great start to the holiday season for all.