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Stage: hot ticket

By JOHN FLEMING, Times Performing Arts Critic

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 2, 2003


Tenors offer Mo'

Three Mo' Tenors concert is like a cross between a classical recital, a nightclub act and a gospel sing, with opera and Broadway and jazz and blues thrown in for good measure.

The tenors are, from left, Victor Trent Cook, Thomas Young and Rodrick Dixon. They're the African-American answer to the original Three Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.

Along with infectious music and good vibes, their concert has a point to make about classically trained black singers deserving recognition and opportunity. It is expressed in Dixon's rendition of Make Them Hear You, the uplifting anthem of revolutionary Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime.

A highlight of the threesome's show is a medley of Love Train, Oh Girl, Betcha' by Golly Wow and Midnight Train to Georgia, as the tenors make like the O'Jays, with cool choreography and lush harmonies.

They perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Ferguson Hall of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045.

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