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Dion Molinas, Tod Strike, Benjamin Clark, Jeff Teale, Graham Foote, Steven Snowden, Dominic Smith, Stewart Morris, Boyd Owen and Luke Kennedy.



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To see more before their December engagement at the Civic, viewers can tune in to “Here’s to the Heroes: A Night with the Ten Tenors”; airing on KPBS Public Television, making its debut on Saturday, September 19 at 6PM, and repeating on Sunday, September 20 at 9PM.



Internationally renowned Australian group THE TEN TENORS returns to San Diego for the holidays, featuring songs from their new album Nostalgica as well as holiday classics. THE TEN TENORS HOLIDAY set out to capture the intimacy between themselves and the audience during live performances, whilst invoking nostalgic memories of people, places or times in history. This Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation will serenade the San Diego Civic Theatre from December 8 – 13, 2009.



With an unparalleled palette of repertoire, THE TEN TENORS have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow; and are delighted to be sharing this latest step in the journey with San Diego audiences. Los Angeles Times says “Their sound … is what's truly sexy … pure electricity and undeniable drama." Those very popular Aussie blokes will brighten the holidays with a repertoire that is currently selling out in cities across Europe! North County Times called their 2005 run “Entertaining … fun for all ages! www.thetentenors.com



BIOGRAPHY



In 1995, if you had told 10 students from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, that in 13 years time they would have toured the world several times over, produced Gold & Platinum Award Winning CDs & DVDs, and taken both pop and opera music-lovers by storm, sold albums in 27 countries around the world, gathered legions of adoring fans, they would have laughed, but now, it’s all part of being one of The Ten Tenors.



When these ten young men banded together, they originally intended to perform for fun and some extra pocket money whilst studying at university.



Funnily enough, it turned out to be the group’s hijinx and famous Australian sense of humour, that set them apart from other groups and garnered attention and adoration around the world.



In 1998, with the popularity of the group growing by the month, the boys decided to take their onstage antics on the road and began a full-time touring schedule that has yet to wane. Early tours in Australia took them through many outback towns, regional centres and capital cities where the group honed its performance skills in music and comedy, wowing audiences wherever they went.



Upon performing at the German Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Ten Tenors exploded across the world, within hours, selling out an entire European Tour.



Since then, they have extensively toured throughout Europe, becoming one of the most successful Australian touring acts of all time, and have brought their music to Asian and American markets, proving very successful. They now tour the world, performing over 250 concerts on 6 different continents around the world.



The group was so enchanted with working with a large orchestra, as they often do in live performances, that they were inspired to record their latest album, Nostalgica, released in October 2009, described by long-time Tenor, Drew Graham as “a romantic journey of musical discovery” as it combines classic ballads, opera-takes on post-war jazz and a dash of pop culture for good measure. “We believe it to be our best album to date,” said D-J Wendt, The Ten Tenors Manager.



With an unparalleled palette of repertoire, The Ten Tenors have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and are delighted to be sharing this latest step in the journey with their fans and public alike.



CAST BIOS:



BENJAMIN CLARK (B Clark) Ben graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts musical theatre course in 2005, and has since been striving for a career on the stage. A country boy at heart, Ben grew up in the small rural town of Mernda in the outskirts of Melbourne. He began performing in high school appearing on stage first in Anything Goes! He performed in anything and everything he could whilst at school, resulting in Ben becoming captain of drama in his final year. Ben has played leading roles in The Wiz, Baby, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls and the Australian premiers of Superfreaks and Boxed In. He has also performed corporately for Mazda, Royal Doulton and the Australian Football League. Ben's other great loves include all types of sport, poker, funky shoes and has recently developed a fondness/obsession for mixed martial arts. Ben considers himself amazingly fortunate to be a part of the Ten Tenors and even more fortunate that he has been given the opportunity to fulfil his dream of performing to adoring fans worldwide.



GRAHAM FOOTE (G-Train) Graham graduated from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy at the end of 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre. Since graduating, Graham has already had a diverse and impressive introduction to performing. Professional credits include: Jesus/Judas Standby - Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar Korean Tour, Chris in Metro Street (both with Arts Asia Pacific), Lead Vocalist in Orchestra Victoria Rocks Queen (Crown Entertainment), Morales in Carmen, Chorus in Madame Butterfly (both with Melbourne Opera Company) and John in King of the World. Graham was born in the UK and, whilst living there, was the youngest ever person invited to perform at the prestigious National Student Drama Festival. Graham has been Musical Director of The Ten Tenors since March 2009. Prior to this, Graham had a long and varied education in music, with studies including musical theory, composition and arrangement and his true passion, conducting. As a Musical Director, Graham has been the Musical Director for productions of Honk! – The Musical and The Hot Mikado (Adamson Theatre Company), has written two original cabarets and co-written an original musical, and was the founding Musical Director and arranger for Forte, an Australian corporate act. Outside of performing, Graham has an intense love of sport, especially AFL football and his beloved Hawthorn Hawks. He would like to take this opportunity to thank his partner, family and friends for their unconditional support, and also his new touring family who constantly challenge him and give him strength away from home.



LUKE KENNEDY (Ken Lee) Luke began performing at the age of 15 in rock bands and musical theatre in Townsville, Queensland. He appeared in productions of The Sound Of Music, The King And I (Louis), My Fair Lady, Victor Victoria (The Jazz Singer), Fame (Nick Piazza), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Judah) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). His first principal role came in 2001 as Jesus in NQOMT's Jesus Christ Superstar followed by Marius in Les Miserables with NQOMT. Luke then moved to Brisbane to again play Jesus, this time in Harvest Rain Theatre Company's Jesus Christ Superstar. This was the first of a host of principal roles with Harvest Rain Theatre Company including The Lion in The Wiz, The Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast and Cain/Japheth in Children Of Eden. In 2007 Luke appeared as Jamie in the Queensland premier of The Last Five Years, produced by Oscar Theatre Company. Luke has also appeared in the 2006 and 2007 Brisbane Carols in the City, which was televised nationally on Australia's 10 Network. This gave him the opportunity to sing with many talented performers including Marina Prior, Guy Sebastian, James Morrison and Silvie Paladino. Luke feels that he is extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to venture beyond Australian shores and see many of the world's weird and wonderful places thanks to The Ten Tenors.



DION MOLINAS A graduate of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Dion is trained in both classical (under the direction of Lorraine Smith) and contemporary voice (under the direction of Beth Allen and Raymond Connell). Dion has also trained in ballet, tap and modern dance. Dion began his musical career playing one of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. Since that auspicious beginning, Dion has performed in a variety of productions, most notably - Little Shop of Horrors, Tim - Lillian, Barnaby Tucker - Hello Dolly, Frank - Showboat, Mute - The Fantasticks, Marius - Les Miserables, Jesus - Godspell, Noel Coward - Tonight at 8.30, Jesus - Jesus Christ Superstar, Balladeer - Assassins. Dion has performed in productions of Dido and Aeneas , Mahler's 8th Symphony, John Rutter's Requiem, and sang the tenor solo in Haydn's Nelson Mass. Dion joined The Ten Tenors in 1997.



STEWART MORRIS (Sancho) A man with a reputation for controversy, Stewart loves making grand entrances. Most famously he welcomed guests to his 21st birthday celebrations with a powerful rendition of "Di Quella Pira" from Verdi's Il Trovatore, while entering the party on horseback! Stewart's musical career has been similarly colourful with appearances in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Angelique, Ravel's Les Enfant et les Sortiliges (in which Stewart made his operatic debut as a FRUIT BAT!), and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, before finally making his debut with The Ten Tenors in 2001.Stewart loves include relaxing with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, listening to heavy metal and watching horror films. Stewart's encyclopedic knowledge of B-Grade films is legendary.



BOYD OWEN (Baron Von Owen) Boyd’s love of performing began at an early age and, since finishing his studies at Melba Conservatorium of Music in Australia; Boyd has performed in productions around the world. Boyd’s operatic experience has included understudying the title role in Mozart’s opera, La Clemenza di Tito for the Masterworks Festival in Indiana, USA (2006) and a return invitation by this same festival to perform the role of Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata (2007). As well as contracts with Victorian Opera’s touring season of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (2007) and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Boyd has appeared with More Than Opera as Alfredo in their performances of Traviata En Miniature in the Famous Spiegeltent as part of Melbourne International Festival Season (2007), and performed in the roles of Basilio and Curzio in Melbourne Opera’s The Marriage Of Figaro (2008).Boyd’s concert performances include several years as guest soloist in Carols By Candlelight at Werribee Mansion in Melbourne (2005, 2006, 2008), soloist in Opera in the Alps and Opera by the Lock for Australian Music Events (2006, 2007) and Opera in the Park. Also in the USA, Boyd appeared in the cast of the workshop season of the new Broadway musical, Angels (2007). Boyd has also worked throughout the USA, Europe and Australasia with promotion and sales for his CD titled Songno (2008).Boyd is very excited and grateful to be joining The Ten Tenors. To have the opportunity to continue doing what he dreamt of as a child – to travel the world and make a full time living in the entertainment and arts industries.



JOSH PITERMAN (Tooch) Josh graduated from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy (Music Theatre) in 2006. He has been described by Australian newspapers as "Powerful" and "Show Stealing" and is quickly becoming one of Australia's most exciting young performers. His Theatre credits include; The Rocky Horror Show, at Melbourne's Regent theatre, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate at Melbourne's Princess theatre. Josh also played the role of The Registrar in Madame Butterfly with The Melbourne Opera Company. In 2007 Josh was lead vocalist in the Tokyo Disney revue, Big Band Beat, and in 2008 Josh performed the role of Rost in the new Australian musical Dutch Courage. Josh has also had several sell out cabaret seasons at Melbourne's critically acclaimed Butterfly Club. Josh is utterly obsessed with all things sport, be it Football, Cricket or Tennis. He is a fanatical Western Bulldogs supporter and whilst on tour he suffers severely from AFL withdrawal. Josh loves being a part of the Ten Tenors, as it has always been his dream to entertain the world singing great music.



DOMINIC SMITH (Panda) Dominic Smith was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. He first performed with The Ten Tenors in 1997 and has been a member, on and off, ever since. Before joining The Ten Tenors Dominic had an illustrious career as a Shoe Salesmen, a Banker, a Delivery Driver and his favorite, a Lawn Mower Man! His singing career began when he asked his best mates sister to teach him to sing and since that day he has never looked back. Dominic loves travel and over the years he has been to 25 countries and well over 500 cities and towns all over the world. Dominic has plenty of great stories to tell about his worldly travels but until you corner him in a bar somewhere, what goes on tour stays on tour. When he's not on the road with The Ten Tenors Dominic loves to disappear to a quite part of the world and fish, play golf and dream of all those far off places he hopes to one day see.



STEVEN SOWDEN (The Biscuit) Steven pursued music from an early age, and subsequently graduated from the Central Queensland University Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2004 where he played leading roles in Aspects of Love, Chess, Chicago and Footloose. Following a year of touring Australia with varius shows, Steven moved abroad in 2006 and completed an extended contract performance in the Broadway Musical Theatre Revue Encore at Japan's Tokyo DisneySea. Steve became the newest member of The Ten Tenors back in 2007, and looks forward to many more years of touring with the boys, and wowing new audiences all over the world. On the road he keeps himself occupied with various pursuits including but not limited to, golf, scripture, films, poker and skyping his wonderfully accommodating and beautiful wife.



TOD STRIKE (Old Man Strike) After having gained his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Tod quickly moved into the professional performance arena with appearances in The State Opera Of Queensland's (Australia) productions of Turandot and Otello and went on to play Goro in Madame Butterfly for the State Music Festival. After discovering a love for Musical Theatre he pursued a career in musicals with performances in The Merry Widow, Kiss Me Kate (Gremio), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Forum (Protean, U/S Hero), Grease (Sonny, U/S Kenickie), They're Playing Our Song, South Pacific, Footloose (Travis, U/S Williard) and the Australasian and International touring productions of CATS (Rum Tug Tugger, Gus, Munkustrap, Old Deuteronomy). Tod later went on to perform with the critically acclaimed international touring act "The Three Waiters". Tod is looking forward to a great year with The Ten Tenors and intends to enjoy every minute of this thing he's lucky enough to call 'work'. He dedicates each and every performance to his mother, Eva, who was and will always be his source of inspiration, and to his amazing support network.



JEFF TEALE (Teals) Jeff Teale was only really introduced to the world of performing arts at the age of 19. As a young lad, sport played a significant role in his childhood, particularly AFL. His dreams of a career in the Australian Football league took a turn when he eventually explored his love for music and singing. The young singer then began exploring all different styles of music and performance. He played Enjolras in Ignatians production of Les Miserables in 2005, began writing his own songs and was even known to busk with his guitar on the streets of Brisbane. Jeff first joined the Tenors in January 2006. He was very fortunate to be a part of both the worldwide release of the album, Here's to the Heroes, and also the DVD, A Night with The Ten Tenors. Some of his most memorable experiences with the Tenors so far have been performing at London's Royal Albert Hall, and being part of the album production at Abbey Rd and Air Studios in London. He was also very lucky to be a part of the two-week run of shows at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Recently, Jeff has had some time off from the rigours of worldwide touring in order to complete some more vocal training and pursue other goals back in Australia. He is very excited to be back on the road with the Tenors in his new role, and looks forward to learning as much as he can and exploring the rest of the world.



THE CRITICS RAVED!



USA TOUR 2006



"Their sound … is what's truly sexy … The cluster of high voices generates pure electricity and undeniable drama … the tenors just have fun making music." The Los Angeles Times



"It's breathtaking listening to these 10 crystalline voices come together as if they were one." Arizona Daily Star



"They are truly incandescent when performing at the full strength of 10 … the singers project a well-balanced blend of creative ensemble harmonies and solo virtuosity … soaring, crystalline tone and transcendent vocal control." Daily Variety



AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2007



"Once more with feeling … young and handsomely turned out in black lounge suits, they came on like the gangsters in Reservoir Dogs … a big dynamic sound … it is melody and energy that count." The Age



"The audience …show their appreciate after every song with rapturous applause … 10 of Australia's best voices blend perfectly and produce a rich, deep sound … the perfectly blended voices rose to the rafters, tingling the spine." Herald Sun



"Breezy Tenors Captivate Crowd!" "Cruising like sleek-suited sharks through today's miasma of popera, neo-croon and crossover acts are Australia's own Ten Tenors … it's pure entertainment all the way." The West Australian



"Top Ten A Feelgood Sensation", “Nothing seems beyond their reach… their ability runs deep … suavely casual and charismatic … the quality of their singing…constantly impresses … powerfully stirring and elegantly crafted … firm, blended tone of the Ten Tenors… full justice …the fun is that the Ten Tenors are ordinary, unpretentious blokes with music coursing deeply through their veins … this is feelgood entertainment at its best." The Australian



TOUR SCHEDULE: August 1-3, 2009 - Norway; August 9 – Brisbane, Australia;



September 4 – Lima, Peru; September 6-7 - Jerry Lewis Telethon, Las Vegas; September 16-20 – Korea;



October 16-30 – Germany; November 3 - Gainesville, FL; November 4 - Bunnell, FL; November 5 - Tallahassee, FL; November 6 - Sarasota, FL; November 8 – Macon; November 9 - Clemson , SC; November 11 - New Wilmington; November 13 - New Wilmington, FL; November 14 – Bloomsburg; November 19 - Beaver Creek, CO; November 20 - Colorado Springs, CO; November 21 - Greeley, CO; November 24 - 29 - Chicago, IL



December 1 - Omaha, NE; December 3 - Abilene, TX; December 4- Longview, TX;



December 8 - 13 - Civic Center - San Diego, CA; December 15-20 - Tucson, AZ;



January 27 & 28 - Perth, Australia; February 11 - Luneburg, Germany; February 12 - Lubeck, Germany; February 14 - Groningen, Netherland; February 15 - Rotterdam, Netherland; February 17-18 - Loerrach, Germany; February 19-21 - Zurich, Switzerland; Germany: February 25 - Nuernberg; February 26 - Heilbronn; February 27 - Aalen; March 3-6 - Hannover; March 8 - Kiel; March 9 - Braunschweig; March 10 - Cloppenburg; March 11 - Flensburg; March 12 - Emden; March 13 - Duesseldorf; March 15 - Bremen; March 18 - Muenster; March 19 - Frankfurt; March 20 - Goettingen; March 21 - Chemnitz; March 22 - Magdeburg; March 24 - Berlin; March 26 - Dresden; March 27 - Rostock; March 28 - Halle; March 30 - Stuttgart; March 31 - Biberach; April 1 - Ulm; April 3 & 4 - Tuttlingen; April 5 - Leipzig; April 7 - Siegen; April 9 - Dortmund; April 10 - Minden; April 11 - Schmallenberg; April 12 - Cologne; April 13 - Hagen; April 14 - Essen; April 16 & 17 - Munchen; April 18 – Niedernhausen.








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