Texas Tenors deliver Christmas to Jasper

The Texas Tenors — Marcus Collins, left, J.C. Fisher and John Hagen — will perform at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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JASPER — The Texas Tenors will perform at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The trio rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 and now regularly can be seen at sell-out performances throughout the world as well as in appearances in Branson, Mo., and Las Vegas. The group also frequently performs on its own charter cruises.

The three friends — Marcus Collins, John Hagen and J.C. Fisher — decided to enter the national “America’s Got Talent” competition on a lark. While they each had experienced successes in their individual careers, they all had reached a point where they were looking for direction. They had only a few weeks to perfect their act and impressed the judges with their performance. They ended with one of the highest votes in the history of the show and decided that their careers were destined to be entwined.

Collins began singing to the radio at age 4. After receiving classical training in college, he performed on numerous talent shows, at fairs and on cruise ships and also has appeared on Broadway in “Hairspray,” “Altar Boyz” and the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He has acted in more than 100 episodes of network TV, 25 films and numerous commercials. He brings a contemporary element to the trio.

Hagen is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has taught voice at Wartburg College. He created three tenor roles in the world premiere of “The Lost Dauphane” on PBS. He has performed on Broadway, including playing Billy Bigelow in “Carousel” and Che in “Evita,” and at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Fisher has entertained around the world for the past 15 years. Although he was a football star in high school, his passion for singing led him to seek a degree in music at Wichita State. He has performed in various roles including Rodolfo in “La Boheme,” Tamino in “The Magic Flute,” Ernesto in “Don Pasquale” and Henrick in “A Little Night Music.” After college, he  traveled to Lucca, Italy, where he sang in the Puccini festival. With a home base in Katy, Texas, he took his one-man show on more than 75 cruise ships.

Although the Texas Tenors wear cowboy hats and are from Texas, their performance includes gospel, country, opera and Broadway with some classical and contemporary thrown in for spice.  This holiday program will feature many Christmas tunes and new releases from the album “The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream Live.”

Tickets, priced at $35 for adults, $33 for senior citizens and $30 for students, are available by calling the arts center at 482-3070.




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