Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Texas Tenors sing-in 2016

Listen to what others tell you about your voice. If you're only singing to please yourself, you might as well just sing under the shower. — Andrea Bocelli

PAUL and I were double booked for New Year's Eve. We had tickets to The Des Moines Symphony pops concert starring The Texas Tenors, plus it was the grand opening of Noce, Des Moines' new jazz club featuring the Des Moines Big Band.

For those of you who are thinking, "I thought Paul played in the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra. "You're right, and he's also lead trombone in the Des Moines Big Band. (Some of you in my virtual village may remember helping me design DMBB's new logo some months back.) New Year's Eve was the band's debut after a seven-month hiatus and reorganization while their new performance space was being finished. 

I scooted over to Noce to hear Paul as soon as the pops concert was over. It deserves its own post in a few days.

Left to right: JC Fisher, Marcus Collins, John Hagen

But what of those tenors? 

The Texas Tenors, I must say, put on an engaging show. They sing across genres: opera, country and pop. As an added point of interest and pride for Iowans, two of the them, Marcus Collins and John Hagen, were born and raised here in Iowa.

Marcus grew up in Washington and later lived in Des Moines. Marcus is referred to as the "contemporary tenor" because of his pop leanings. He's blessed with a sweet, pitch-prefect voice.

John Hagen grew up in Waverly. He's called "the tenor." Maybe they thought referring to him as an "operatic tenor" would sound hoity toity and unrelatable, but he is an operatic tenor for sure and definitely my favorite.

JC Fisher was originally from Kansas. On the website he's listed as the "romantic tenor" but on other materials I've seen him billed as the "country tenor" — which I think is apt. He has a country twang (and to my ears inclined to hit a note now and then slightly sharp before he settled in on the pitch).

As it happened, this concert in Des Moines was The Texas Tenors' 1000th concert, which I think made it special for the two IowansIn addition to their voices and showmanship, I'm impressed that The Texas Tenors are self-managed and self-produced. Whew! Just managing Turner Center Jazz Orchestra which only performs once a month from October though May is loads of work. I can't imagine performing and managing a schedule such as theirs!

Their show is worth the price of admission. I'd go see them again if Paul will agree to come along. 

In case you're interested in checking them out, I've listed some of their upcoming concerts below. More information is available thetexastenors.com.

January 19, 2016
Kearney, NE 

January 20, 2016
Kearney, NE

January 21, 2016
Lincoln, NE

February 22, 2016
Longview, TX

February 23, 2016
Victoria, TX

February 1, 2016 (two concerts)
Sun City West, AZ (sold out)

February 2, 2016 (two concerts)
Sun City West, AZ (sold out)

February 4, 2016
Palm Desert, CA

February 13, 2016
Roswell, NM

February 18, 2016
New Bern, NC

February 20, 2016
Ocala, FL

March 4, 2016
St. Cloud, MN

March 5, 2016
St. Cloud, MN

March 19, 2016
Myrtle Beach, SC

April 13, 2016
Warren, OH

April  15, 2016
Tiffin, OH

April  16, 2016
Greenville, OH

April  17, 2016
Van Wert, OH

April  22, 2016
Cedarburg, WI

April 23, 2016
Sheboygan, WI

April 26, 2016
Branson, MO

May 7, 2016
Hagerstown, MD

May 8, 2016
Norfolk, VA

May18, 2016
Ogdensburg, NY

June 17, 2016
Vincennes, IN

July 2, 2016
Lakeside, OH

July 8, 2016
Lancaster, PA 

July 10, 2016
Altoona, PA


  1. Goodness, they are BUSY! How wonderful. Sounds like A terrific NYE. I look forward to hearing about the 2nd part of your evening.

    1. You are always SO kind to me! I can't thank you enough.