Maleny Arts Council presents Tenori
by Jennifer Radbourne, President Maleny Arts Council
Audiences in regional towns across Australia should not be deprived of seeing the best in the performing arts – particularly if the artists are Australians who have achieved excellence in their art form. Many regional Queenslanders cannot drive/fly to Brisbane to see the opera, orchestra, singers and theatre.
Here on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland we are very fortunate that such artists take up the invitation of the Maleny Arts Council to bring their shows here – for example: Queensland Opera, Queensland Theatre, Jane Rutter, and the US based Frank Ferrante (Groucho).
On October 15 we have Tenori performing here, hot on the tail of their regional Australian tour. Tenori comprises three exciting tenors, who met internationally when all were members of the Ten Tenors.
All three are known nationally and internationally for their beautiful tenor voices and also for their passionate and entertaining performances. They perform on cruise ships, but you don’t have to pay for a cruise, you can see them in Maleny. They perform in major cities across Australia, but you can see them in Maleny.
When I interviewed David Kidd as to why they enjoy performing to audiences in small regional towns, he said, “People are always grateful you’ve made the effort to come to their part of the world. It’s no effort for us, we love the travel and we find towns that have a strong Arts Council are far more engaged in the process. They’re keen to meet the artists and have a chat”.
He also described regional audiences as “more enthusiastic in their applause, a crowd in the big concert halls can sit on their hands, they’re often a little jaded. It’s all grand and exciting, but you have a different relationship with a crowd who are sitting two metres away”.
So, your date with these three fabulous tenors is on October 15 at 2pm in the Maleny Community Centre. They will perform songs from the worlds of Opera, Music Theatre and Swing, with perhaps a few surprises thrown in.
They’re excited to premiere songs from their just-released album, Timeless, a collection of enduring classics, covering everything from Verdi to McCartney.
You can meet the tenors after the show on the deck and let them know that our hospitality and our appreciation for visiting Maleny is ‘the best’, just as they are ‘the best’.
Bring your friends and make this a glorious Sunday afternoon.