The Texas Tenors serenade Shippensburg


The Texas Tenors performing at Luhrs.

The Texas Tenors’ smooth blend of voices meshed together seamlessly as they performed on Wednesday at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.

As they took the stage singing “Play me Some Mountain Music,” they encouraged the audience to clap along with the beat.

The Texas Tenors’ high energy penetrated throughout the center. They drew laughs from the listeners as they proceeded to introduce themselves.

“We’re going to do both styles of music tonight: Country and western,” they said.

In reality, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher cover a wide variety of material amongst various genres.

During their performance on Wednesday, they sang country, gospel, classical and Broadway selections.

The group is most notably known for when they competed on the popular show “America’s Got Talent” in 2009.

According to The Texas Tenors’ show program, their group was the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. They incorporated a video montage of their experiences on “America’s Got Talent” as part of their performance.

Afterward, they performed Lee Greenwood’s, “God Bless the USA,” which they had previously performed while competing on the show. The entire audience stood respectfully through the number.

The Texas Tenors kept the audience engaged throughout the entire performance by periodically going out into the seats and singing directly to the viewers.

At one point, they even brought one lucky woman up on stage to serenade her in front of the rest of the audience.

During the middle of the show, the group switched gears into classical and Broadway pieces when they performed Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti and a selection from “West Side Story.” The audience appreciated the change in genres.

Audience members Fran and John McDermott, Shippensburg alumni, enjoyed the whole performance but had favorite moments throughout it.

“I liked Danny Boy and Pavarotti,” John said. Fran agreed and added, “They’re [The Texas Tenors] all different, too. I like that they can sing opera as well as country and western.”

As the end of the concert approached, the group performed a more touching song that was submitted to them by a fan. The song, “You Should Dream,” will also be the title of their New PBS special that they are shooting in May.

The Texas Tenors ended an energy filled show by singing “My Way,” the classic by Frank Sinatra.

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