The Ten Tenors

November 24, 2009 The acclaimed singers from Australia have caught the attention of music fans around the world. They are appearing in Chicago this week at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, performing holiday classics and selections from their eighth album, "Nostalgica." Full of classics from the 20th Century, "Nostalgica" is an album of the songs most requested by their fans and released to commemorate the groups' ten years as a professional ensemble. It was recorded during a previous seven-month tour of the United States.

The Ten Tenors have come a long way since humble beginnings as university students at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, performing as a way to earn some pocket money to becoming one of the most successful worldwide touring acts today, averaging 250 international concerts each year. During live performances, The Ten Tenors set out to capture the intimacy between themselves and the audience while invoking nostalgic memories of people, places or times in history with songs ranging from Mexican best-sellers to post-war classics to jazz, including "Granada," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and Louis Armstrong's classic, "What A Wonderful World." Also included is "Besame Mucho" and their all-time most requested song and Irish favorite, "Danny Boy."

The Ten Tenors will finish up their current American tour right before Christmas. In January, they'll perform in Australia and then head back on the road in February for a to perform in Norway, Switzerland and Germany.

Each November, the Ten Tenors help raise funds for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and depression, by growing Mos (moustaches). It's part of an international initiative by The Movember Foundation, a not-for-profit, charitable organization.

The Ten Tenors perform through Sunday November 29 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago. For tickets, visit the Box Office at 50 E. Congress Pkwy; all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at Tickets are currently available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. The Ten Tenors is part of the Broadway In Chicago 2009-10 Fall/Winter Season Series

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From unassuming beginnings in the mid-1990's, to a platinum record-selling and international touring act today, the history of The Ten Tenors has been anything but standard.

Formed by a group of college friends, constrained by the seriousness of their elite music school training, The Ten Tenors found infinitely greater pleasure in the art of entertainment than the art of opera. For years they honed their craft touring throughout the vast Australian outback - where the audiences are tough, but appreciate quality and know it when they see it.

The Ten Tenors big break came in 2002 when they were invited to perform at the German television event, connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Within hours, their tour was sold out and they were well on their way to becoming one of the most successful touring acts in Germany. Further European and Asian countries followed and in 2003 they made their US debut. Nowadays, The Ten Tenors circle the globe ten months of the year, performing around 250 shows on five different continents around the world.

In 2006, The Ten Tenors embarked on their most ambitious album project to date. Recorded in studios in Australia, the US and London's famed Abbey Road Studios, "Here's To The Heroes" is now available in 27 countries around the world. In 2008, The Ten Tenors followed up with "Nostalgica" an album of the songs most requested by their fans and released to commemorate the groups' ten years as a professional ensemble.

With an unparalleled palette of repertoire, The Ten Tenors have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London's Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles - their high-octane vocal power and warrior-like approach to live concert touring puts them in a class of their own.

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