GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the Arts will present a free event prior to the upcoming sold-out concert by The Texas Tenors at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on April 16.
The Tenors — John Hagen, Marcus Collins, and JC Fisher — will speak about their music, their journey, and their major influences, as well as take questions from the assembled crowd. Although this discussion is free and open to the public, due to the expected popular appeal of this program, tickets will be required for entry. These tickets will be available April 1 at the Greenville Public Library, the Darke County Visitors Center, and by contacting the DCCA office at 937-547-0908 or [email protected] The event begins at 6:45 p.m.; the house will open at 6:30 p.m.
“Although we are extremely happy that the concert by The Texas Tenors has been met with great enthusiasm and was sold out long before the event, we regret that many fans will be unable to enjoy these outstanding performers. We hope that some of those disappointed potential concert-goers will take advantage of this opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at the artists, and engage in a meaningful dialogue with them,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.
Following the lecture and question-and-answer session, the auditorium will be cleared, and concert ticket holders can then enter, or re-enter the performance space for the 8 p.m. show. Jordan explains that these precautions must be taken in order to conform to fire and safety concerns, and regrets any inconvenience for those with concert tickets as well as those who missed out on the opportunity to experience The Texas Tenors’ performance.
Since their debut five years ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a large fan base as well as numerous awards including three Emmys. According to Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director for DCCA, the Tenors’ concerts include a unique combination of country, classical, Broadway, and contemporary music plus a touch of humor and cowboy charm to create a memorable show.
“We knew that this would be a popular attraction, but were amazed at how quickly people scooped up tickets for the show,” Rawlins stated. “The pre-show event will enable a meaningful exchange between the artists and their audience, providing an enriching experience that enhances understanding and appreciation of this amazing trio.”
Sponsors for the concert by The Texas Tenors are Second National Bank, Coppock-Hole Trust, and The Bistro Off Broadway. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and DCCA memberships.