5 Faves: Things we are excited about this week

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1: MUSIC: The Tenors

The Tenors is not your typical boy band. Sure, they’ve got style (often decked out in

Armani) and sell millions of records (they’re latest, “Lead With Your Heart,” debuted at

No. 21 on the Hot 100 in the States in January), but these guys have something most

groups today lack: Incredible, soaring voices. The Tenors (which dropped the

geographically-specific “Canadian” from its name), features the liquid-smooth voices of

Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray. The group is thrilling

audiences young and old, as evidenced by the eclectic audience at the group’s concert

Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. While their 2008 debut was more

traditional, “Lead With Your Heart” is a 12-track journey that stretches the boundaries

of classical crossover music. The disc is a lush mix of pop, classical and opera, drawing

on influences from all over the world. The disc features stellar covers from Elton John

(“Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”) and Bob Dylan (“Forever Young”); along with

self-penned originals, which set them apart from counterparts Il Divo and Il Volo. At this

rate, “Lead With Your Heart” is sure to lead The Tenors right into America’s hearts. – R.

Scott Helmchen