Three tenors to perform with Symphony
From romantic Italian opera’s to smash Broadway hits, the Florence Symphony Orchestra presents The Three Tenors of Florence, Feb. 12 at the FMU Preforming Arts Center, downtown Florence, at 7:30 p.m. Local tenors Shaw Thompson, Nick Townsend and Paul Thompson will be featured.
“The original three tenors are all heroes of mine, especially Pavarotti,” said Shaw Thompson. “To have the chance to sing things like “Nessun dorma” and “O sole mio” with a full orchestra – who wouldn’t want to do that! I feel blessed and extremely lucky to be part of it.” Thompson, a native of Florence, is a graduate of Coker College with a B.A. in vocal performance and received his masters degree from the University of South Carolina. A frequent performer in concert and theatre, Shaw has performed as tenor soloist with Masterworks Choir, Florence Symphony and numerous choral and orchestral organizations throughout the southeast. Thompson is currently directing his eleventh performance at the Florence Little Theatre, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which will run this spring.
Local chef and FDTC culinary arts director Nick Townsend said, “I’m so excited to sing songs like “Be my Love”, “New York, New York” and “Impossible Dream.” All of these are fabulous pieces. It’s going to be a lot of fun to mimic the three great tenors that we grew up with and who inspired us. We have a few fun surprises planned that even the conductor doesn’t know about.”
Tenor Paul Thompson will return to Florence for this special performance. He is the former Director of Choral Activities and Voice Area Coordinator at Francis Marion University, and is currently an assistant professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where he resides with his wife, Susan.
The Florence Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of FMU professor Dr. Terry Roberts. “These guys are world class tenors and we are thrilled to have them be a part of our “homegrown” season. It will be a very entertaining evening with a nice variety of pieces,” said Roberts.
Individual concert tickets for “The Three Tenors of Florence” start at $30 for adults. The FSO offers discounted ticket pricing for children, students and seniors.
To purchase individual concert tickets, please contact the FMU PAC box office at 843-661-4444, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information regarding concerts and special events, please contact the FSO office at 843-661-2541.