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The Celtic Tenors to perform with The Tacoma Symphony at Washington State Fair on Sept. 10
With more than one million albums sold worldwide and an international touring schedule, The Celtic Tenors attract a huge and loyal following. Their unique blend of classical training, experience performing leading roles with top opera companies, and worldwide concerts provide the expertise to meld together classical, folk, Irish and pop music together.
Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson will combine their unique voices with The Tacoma Symphony on Sept. 10 at the Washington State Fair.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., part of the fair's concert series presented by Columbia Bank.
Tickets are $65, $45, and $25 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission, unless noted. Tickets will start selling at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1 on the fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair's Box Office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Celtic Tenors
Eight short years ago "The Three Irish Tenors" made a debut performance in Ireland's Carlow Cathedral. By October of 1995, they performed on RTE's "Theatre Nights" live from Goffs in County Kildare. A successful nationwide tour followed with several sell-out shows at Dublin's National Concert Hall. The group also appeared on "The Late Late Show," "Live at 3," "Head to Toe" and "The Rose of Tralee".
In 1999, "The Three Irish Tenors," consisting of James Nelson Niall Morris and Matthew Gilsenan, were joined by Rebecca Storm for a sell-out summer season in Ireland consisting of 137 shows at Clontarf Castle, followed a very successful tour of the USA.
When they signed with EMI for a worldwide record deal, the three shortened their name to "The Celtic Tenors". Their debut album hit No 1 in the classical charts, and had good positioning in the pop charts. It became the first Christmas No 1 classical album of the new millenium in Ireland. Celtic Crossover become a new genre in the music industry. The trio's first album went on to achieve double platinum status in their homeland, No. 1 in Ireland and Germany, No. 2 in the UK, and won them the "Echo Award" for 'Best Classical Crossover Act' in Germany.
Their most recent album (released on the Dara label in Ireland under the title We Are Not Islands, and on the Telarc label worldwide as Remember Me) features Samantha Mumba, Brian Kennedy and a hit group from the 1980s, Air Supply. It reached No. 4 in the Canadian charts, and the Top 10 in the Billboard charts in the United States.
The Celtic Tenors sang for former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a visit to Dublin Castle, and later in a private audience for Secretary General of the United Nations – Kofi Annan, and his wife Nanne. This performance was requested by U2's front man, Bono.
In June 2007 Niall Morris made the decision to leave the trio, being replaced by Daryl Simpson. Simpson had been standing in for Niall, and turned down an offer from one of Europe's leading opera houses to accept this position.
For more information, visit www.Celtic-Tenors.com.
The Tacoma Symphony
The 2012-2013 season marks the 19th anniversary –of Harvey Felder's tenure as music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Felder's last performance with The Tacoma Symphony will be May 10, 2014. He has led the growth of the TSO from a community orchestra to a regional professional orchestra of 80-plus musicians from throughout the Puget Sound region.
Under the baton of Maestro Felder, the versatile ensemble is known for its warm, friendly concert environment coupled with artistically excellent renderings of the great symphonic classics, entertaining pops, educational programs, and intimate chamber performances. Visit www.tacomasymphony.org.
More acts will be announced in the coming months for the State Fair Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit the Fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts for updates, or sign up at www.thefair.com to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.
Concerts and rodeo to date include:
Date, performance, time, tickets
Sept. 6 – Pro rodeo, Justin Boots Playoffs, 1 p.m., $5*, $18
Sept. 6 – Craig Morgan following pro rodeo, playoffs (country), 6:30 p.m., $50, $40, $30, $40 – general admission standing in the dirt for concert (no rodeo)
Sept. 7 – Pro rodeo, Justin Boots Playoffs, 1 p.m., $30, $20, $16
Sept. 7 – Trace Adkins following pro rodeo, playoffs. Plus Dancin' in the Dirt Party after rodeo (country), 6:30 p.m., $60, $40, $35. $40 – general admission standing in the dirt for concert (no rodeo)
Sept. 8 – Pro rodeo Puyallup finals, playoffs, 1 p.m., $35, $25, $20
Sept. 9 – Little Big Town (country), 7:30 p.m., $60, $50, $30, $20
Sept. 10 – The Celtic Tenors with The Tacoma Symphony , 7:30 p.m., $65, $45, $25
Sept. 12 – CeeLo Green (pop), 7:30 p.m., $60, $50, $40, $30, $20
Sept. 13 – Carrie Underwood (country), 7:30 p.m., $95, $85, $65, $45
Sept. 16 – Alabama "Back to the Bowery Tour" (country), 7:30 p.m., $95, $65, $45, $35
Sept. 17 – Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Kutless, Jars of Clay (Christian), 7 p.m. $40, $30, $20
Sept. 19 – Larry the Cable Guy, 7:30 p.m., $65, $50, $40, $20
Sept. 20 – Carly Rae Jepsen plus Hot Chelle Rae (pop), 7:30 p.m., $50, $40, $30, $20
Sept. 21 – Austin Mahone/Bridgit Mendler (teen), 7 p.m., $60, $45, $35, $25
Sept. 22 – An Evening with Kid Rock (multi genre), 7:30 p.m., $95, $85, $65, $45
* 1 p.m. Friday rodeo does not include fair gate admission. Gates are open free from 10 a.m.-noon.