Celtic Tenors to Open CSO's 2014-15 Pops Season, 10/4

Celtic Tenors to Open CSO's 2014-15 Pops Season, 10/4

The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences throughout the UK, Europe, and US since their arrival on the music scene in 2000. What began as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has since exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the trio's classical roots and embraces folk, pop, and various other dimensions of the musical spectrum. An evening with The Celtic Tenors guarantees a professional, sparkling, and good-humored performance featuring gorgeous Celtic songs like the haunting "Danny Boy" and exhilarating classics like "Nessun Dorma."

The Columbus Symphony presents The Celtic Tenors at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, October 4, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$68 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000.

Following an impromptu audition in London, the original lineup of tenors-Matthew Gilsenan, Niall Morris, and James Nelson-was signed on the spot to an international record deal, an event so unprecedented that it soon became the talk of the music industry.

The Celtic Tenors' eponymously titled debut album immediately soared to the No. 2 spot on the UK classical charts, No. 1 in Ireland and Germany, and won the Echo Award (the German version of the Grammys) for Best Classical Crossover Album of 2002. Their full-length TV special, "Ein Grosse Irischer Abend (A Great Irish Evening)," filmed in front of a capacity crowd in Hamburg, was broadcast to millions of viewers in Germany regularly for more than two years. It was then released as a special on more than 260 PBS channels in the US. In a short time, this combination of recording, touring, and worldwide television exposure made The Celtic Tenors one of the most successful classical crossover acts of 2002, with an album in the top ten on the Billboard charts in the US.

So Strong, the 2002 followup to the trio's auspicious debut, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by the legendary Mike Moran. Remember Me (2006) featured four very special guest vocalists-Samantha Mumba ("You Raise Me Up"), Brian Kennedy ("We Are Not Islands"), and Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply, who lend a hand on an epic version of Air Supply's classic power pop ballad of 1980, "All Out of Love." The project was a no-brainer for Russell, whose first experience with the trio made him an instant fan. "'All Out of Love' was our biggest hit, and I wanted to re-record it," he says. "I heard The Celtic Tenors on a visit to Ireland and I knew immediately that we just had to duet with these guys."