The NorrSound Tenors trio was first conceived in the mind of Dave Hoehl in 2014, then the music director at Wooddale Church. When I had attended Wooddale, I’d sung several times with the choir and toured Ukraine as a soloist with their Wooddale Chorale Tour in 2008.
When Dave contacted me wondering if I’d put together a tenor trio and arrange a few Christmas pieces to perform little did he know that I’d actually been hoping to do that very thing. Little did I know that we’d still be singing as a trio today!
Our original trio consisted of Chanhassen favorite Aleks Knezevich(Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and Lancelot in Camelot), MN Opera Resident Artist David Walton and myself.
Over a weekend we performed our original arrangements for an estimated 4000 people at the annual Christmas at Wooddale. A month later, we’d been contacted by the concert series manager from Chanhassen Dinner Theatres wondering if we’d like to featured on their concerts in December. Despite a change in personnel during that year and the addition of Aaron Humble, a capable ex-cantus member, we sold out our two nights very fast for a debut performance on the series.
Our 2015 show consisted of wonderful variety and a surprise appearance of Olaf from Frozen singing “In Summer.” We were pleased that entire families were enjoying what we brought to the table. In a world where we are inundated with entertainment via our media it’s exciting to see quality vocal talent sung in person. Our ‘Three Tenors Christmas offered audience members the opportunity to hear some familiar tunes sung in exceptional ways with plenty of “spine tingling high notes.”
We’re thrilled to be asked back for this year. While our 2016 performance has also required a change in personnel, we’re excited to bring you a great show. There will be many new pieces and completely different structure to the evening.
We welcome John deCausemeaker to the trio. John and I performed in several MN Opera productions when I’d recently moved back to MN from graduate school.
This year we added a PR performance at the IDS Center’s Holiday Under Glass Series in the Crystal Court. It was nice to bring a little holiday cheer to downtown Minneapolis!
Our Chanhassen dates are 20th, and 21st at 8:15. Tickets are $40 and there are a handful left as of the writing of this post. We’d love to see you there! Merry Christmas!