Quartet sings beautiful songs

The world loves a beautiful song – especially when it’s sung by handsome young Canadians.

That’s what Jill Ann Siemens, founder of the vocal ensemble the Canadian Tenors, said is the reason for the quartet’s success.

The Canadian Tenors – Jamie McKnight, Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters – were selected through an extensive audition process.

“Individually, they’re exceptional, together they create a sound that’s totally fresh and new,” said Siemens.

McKnight studied musical theatre at Sheridan College, after spending six years of his youth in the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus. He is the newest member of The Canadian Tenors, after a recommendation that the group see him perform in his current show, King Lear, at the Stratford Festival.

Micallef performed with Andrea Boccelli and for dignitaries such as Pope John Paul II, Sophia Loren and Canada’s Governor General. He is a Toronto native and former Canadian Opera Company ensemble member.

Pereira brings a wealth of diversity as a vocalist, guitarist, composer and songwriter. Pereira is equally inspired to sing opera as he is to writing pop songs and performed solo recitals for ambassadors, prime ministers and presidents worldwide. As both a composer and songwriter, his original works and orchestral arrangements have been featured in Hollywood motion pictures and on his sold-out debut album Destino.

Walters, a former member of the Grammy Award-winning 12-man a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer, performed on leading international concert stages around the world. On the Tenor’s album Sound in Spirit, Walters appears as a featured soloist. Most recently he played the role of Haldir in the stage adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings in Toronto.

The Canadian Tenors perform in Nanaimo Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35.

Please call 754-8550 for more information.

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