By Don Chareunsy
It was a wonderful weekend of music at the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Symphony Park thankfully minus the accompaniment of blinding lasers, backup dancers and red Solo cups.
The Canadian Tenors -- Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters -- performed a sold-out concert at Reynolds Hall, while the S.F. Jazz Collective graced the intimate Cabaret Jazz.
The Tenors, dressed to the nines in suits and whose repertoire mixes contemporary and classic songs in their shows and albums in English, French, Spanish and Italian, performed at Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam Benefit for Children at the Wynn in 2010 and David Foster and Friends at Mandalay Bay Events Center that same year.
The charming foursome has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Sir Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Sheryl Crow, and they’re planning to release a new album this year.
The S.J. Jazz Collective, launched eight years ago and comprised of eight musicians, performed the music of Steve Wonder at Cabaret Jazz. The octet has previously tackled the works of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver.
Thanks to Erik Kabik for his photo galleries of the talented Tenors and the jazzy Collective.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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