Having just recently returned from Africa, the globetrotting male vocal quartet The Tenors travels to Chautauqua for the first time to perform at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. Originally a trio, today the Canada-based group consists of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray.
The Tenors have passionately supported a Canadian charity called the Bulembu Foundation for the past five years, Max Kubiak said in an email. Kubiak works as part of the group’s management.
“The Bulembu Foundation does amazing work for an impoverished town in Swaziland,” Kubiak said, “and The Tenors have committed to helping raise awareness [about Bulembu] through their music.”
In 2001, Bulembu’s prosperous mining industry left the country, forcing its 10,000 employees to leave in search of employment. Five years later, a team of entrepreneurs purchased the town and have been working ever since to restore Bulembu to a self-sustaining community by 2020.
The Tenors’ travels include more than a small town in southern Africa; in fact, it’s probably more practical to look at the cities they haven’t yet visited. In the past five years, the group has been everywhere from Tokyo and Tel Aviv to London and Las Vegas. Earlier this summer, the quartet performed at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II.
Tonight will be The Tenors’ first time performing in Chautauqua, and they are looking forward to the energy that comes with an open-air venue. In addition to providing a great night of music, the quartet also hopes to inspire and motivate the audience.
“[The Tenors’] music has often been described as ‘healing and therapeutic,’ ” Kubiak said, “and we’ve found that everyone can use a bit of that in their lives.”
The Tenors do an incredible job of “treading the line” between classical and contemporary pop, Kubiak said. The quartet’s unique style consists of classic songs like “Nessun dorma” from the opera Turandot as well as contemporary numbers like Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” he said. They will also be performing music from their new album, Lead With Your Heart.