If the Wheeler Opera House, grand dame that she is, were, indeed, a woman, it would be fair to suggest that she may have a thing for Australian men of late.
Near the end of October, the Wheeler treated voyeuristic fans to The Naked Magicians, a pair of sexy prestidigitators from Brisbane with nothing up their sleeves, and tonight, the old opera house will host five times as many Aussie blokes when The Ten Tenors take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
An institution in their home country, where they’ve released 12 studio albums with a rotating cast of choristers, The Ten Tenors date back to 1995, when some of the current members were still in diapers. They’ve toured the world, performing over 2,000 concerts in 29 countries, and made numerous appearances on American TV, including the “Today” show on NBC — an episode wherein host Kathie Lee Gifford quipped, “No, we are not holding a bachelor auction” and introduced the group as “The Vocal Wonder from Down Under.”
To get a sense of what the tenors offer, take a popular song — say, “Uptown Funk” or “The Shape of You” — and imagine both the instrumentation and vocals arranged for 10-part harmonies and performed predominantly a cappella. This goes on while the group, often in matching tuxedos, snaps, claps and moves in suave, choreographed synchronicity. It’s upbeat, infectious music performed with classic style.
Their Wheeler show will be just one of 38 stops for the tenors on their current U.S. tour, and, this being December, the set list will be tailored to the holidays, meaning concert-goers can expect to hear plenty of material off the tenors’ hit 2016 album, “Our Christmas Wish.” Featuring renditions of holiday classics like “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Winter Wonderland,” as well as a couple of lesser-known picks, the album reached the top spot on a number of Australian charts. They also have another Christmas album to draw upon: 2001’s “A Not So Silent Night.”
As part of the tour, in the spirit of the season, the tenors will donate the net proceeds from every copy of “Our Christmas Wish” sold in the U.S. to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the country’s leading cancer-treatment centers. The effort has already raised over $1 million.
Ironically enough, for a group that will be performing on the other side of the world from where they live, the tenors chose to call their show “Home for the Holidays.” They may be performing in a venue that feels like home to many Aspenites, but the tenors still have gigs in Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas and Louisiana to perform before their tour wraps up and they can get back to their own friends and family.
But you can help make them feel at home here in Aspen by heading to the show tonight to get your Christmas spirit on and get an eyeful of the Wheeler’s newest Aussie crush.