There is no question that the personable members of The Tenors have extraordinary singing voices. They proved as much during their “Under One Sky” concert Saturday at Clowes Memorial Hall, on the campus of Butler University. Their Indy performance was one of the group’s 70-city stops on its North American Tour.
The Canadian vocal quartet, known for performing a wide range of styles, consists of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters, and Clifton Murray. Accompanied by their superb band which includes music director Darryn De Sousa on piano; Anthony Mancini on guitar; Brigham Phillips on keyboard, trumpet, and accordion; Richard Moor on bass; and Marc Inneo on drums, the group played to a full house of worshipful, multigenerational fans.
The overproduced event suffered from excessive amplification which seemed more appropriate to a rock concert. Obviously, the singers needed to be miked in order to be properly heard in a hall the size of Clowes, but in the end, the sound mix which was over-embellished, seemed unnecessary, and therefore, distracted from their performances.
On the plus side, however, the concert’s exemplary musical content was reinforced by marvelous video and still images, such as water, family photos, locations, and even a Flamenco dancer—all of which were projected on panels behind the singers.
The program for the concert consisted of original songs from the group’s fourth album “Under One Sky,” as well as other classic and pop selections. Favorite songs during Act 1 included “Nature Boy,” Latin standard “Besame Mucho” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Highlights were Pereira singing a Portuguese-language song dedicated to his late father, titled “Nada Mais”; and “You Are So Beautiful,” which was accompanied by video of individual singers making surprise visits to their mothers.
Act 2 highlights included Micallef singing “Con Te Partiro (“Time to Say Goodbye”)”; “My Father’s Son,” during which each singer soloed while photos of their fathers was projected; and Walters who soloed in George Harrison’s “Something.”
Members of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir represented Indy impressively, when they joined the quartet in a spectacular medley that included Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” at the concert’s conclusion.
Encore numbers for the concert included Walters, accompanied by two guitarists, singing “Hallelujah.” Later he was joined by his fellow Tenors and together the four deeply connected to the audience with Leonard Cohen’s poignant ballad. The evening ended with a hopeful, joyous flourish as the group sang the title track from their album, “Under One Sky,” as photos of them taken with fans in locations all over the world were flashed on the screens behind them.