July 21st, 2017

Tenors strike a chord

By Lethbridge Herald on May 5, 2017.

Tenore bringing repertoire
to Lethbridge
Al Beeber
Lethbridge Herald
They’ve played around the globe to wide acclaim and now Tenore, the vocal trio founded by Canadian musical visionary Jill Siemens, is coming to Lethbridge.
Tenore, a group of three Americans whose talents were brought together by Siemens, the creator of the renowned Canadian Tenors, is an award-winning gospel group that performs traditional worship songs and secular music as well.
Tenore will be giving southern Alberta moms an early Mother’s Day gift of music May 13 at 7 p.m. in Southminster United Church. Tickets are available for $20 in advance at Casa or $25 at the door.
Minnesota native Mark Williams says fans can expect the trio to do something a little special to honour moms at the concert.
The group, consisting of Williams, Christopher Bailey and David Wise released its debut album in 2011 and has struck a chord with audiences ever since.
While much of the group’s music is gospel-oriented, the three singers also cross over into other genres.
“We really enjoy doing all the styles,” said Williams in a telephone interview from Pennsylvania.
“It’s fun to go from operatic to Broadway, to jazz but we don’t shellshock the audience,” said Williams whose group has released three albums — a worship record, a Christmas work and a collection of Broadway tunes.
The group works collaboratively on developing its repertoire, said Williams.
“We have songs we are passionate about and we choose the ones we feel will make the most cohesive album.”
Tenore not only performs, but it also helps fulfill Siemens’ desire to assist needy children around the world.
A Minnesota native, Williams studied at the Christian-oriented Belmont University in Nashville where he now lives with his family.
The trio’s music — even its Broadway album — all carry inspirational messages, he said.
Before embarking on a 55-city American tour in secular venues, Williams said Tenore had to broaden its musical scope and come up with new material.
The group tours heavily and since Oct. 28 has logged 25,000 miles by road. The grinding schedule and playing dates in cities of different climates and altitudes can be demanding on voices.
“We try to make sure we get plenty of sleep and we stay hydrated. But no one has gotten sick and we played some cold places in January,” said Williams, citing Edmonton and Camrose as examples.
In Lethbridge, audiences can expect to hear a mix of Broadway tunes and classic hymns.
“We’ll do a real variety. We’ll keep it fresh.
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