Tenors from Big Apple coming to Mishler

Singers have solo careers, but come together about four or five times a year

Courtesy photo / The New York Tenors are (from left) Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Christopher Macchio.

Each is known in different circles of music — patriotic, Irish and Italian — but the three come together fewer than a half-dozen times a year to meld their famous tenor tones. In a rare treat, The New York Tenors will appear in concert at the Mishler Theatre on March 10.

The Blair County Arts Foundation is presenting the show that will feature “memorable musical moments from Broadway to opera to ethnic and patriotic favorites,” said executive director Kate Shaffer.

“The (BCAF) is delighted to have the opportunity to welcome” the trio of Irish tenor Andy Cooney, Italian tenor Christopher Macchio and former New York City police officer and Latin tenor Daniel Rodriguez, she said. The group has sold out Carnegie Hall five times, including a show in December, she added.

The singers will be accompanied by the four-piece ensemble, the Big Apple Band, which is led by musical director Bugs Moran, a “New York city guy, too,” according to Cooney.

In addition to traditional songs, the trio will sing new songs from the group’s first album, “One Voice,” to be released on April 1.

“It’s a show for all ages,” Cooney added.

Each of the three singers has thriving solo careers, he said, and they come together in concert about four or five times a year under his production efforts.

“We are three separate entertainers, three tenors from New York, who each have our own followings,” he said. “I thought it would be a good idea for us to come together: A New York Irish, an Italian and a patriotic singer. I thought it was a good recipe.”

Cooney said the Altoona show is in the middle of his personal St. Patrick’s concert tour, “so we’ll have our Irish dancers with us.”

“It’s like a Riverdance performance and is just a warm-up for St. Patrick’s Day,” he added. “It’s a fun show.”

Rodriguez, a child of Puerto Rican parents, studied music until the responsibilities of getting married and having a child forced him into odd jobs and eventually the New York City Police Academy. He became a designated National Anthem singer for the NYPD, and was only two blocks away from the World Trade Center when it collapsed.

He became known for singing “God Bless America” at increasingly larger venues afterwards, including Yankee Stadium, “The Today Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and his worldwide audience debut came at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cooney alone has sold out Carnegie Hall seven times, and he has played Dublin’s National Concert Hall. He has recorded 19 albums to date, including “Bright Brand New Day” with Phil Coulter and his Orchestra, who often tour together.

Macchio was classically trained at the Manhattan School of Music, and he has been featured in events and concerts in the United States and Europe. He has sung with NYC’s Opera Nova Co., as well as on NBC, PBS, and ABC’s Red Carpet Stage at New York’s 5th Avenue Columbus Day Parade.

When the three get together, “it’s a lot of fun,” Cooney said.

“We know our audience is going to be thrilled with their beautiful voices and exciting stage presence,” Shaffer added.

Mirror Staff Writer Cherie Hicks is at 949-7030.


If you go:

What: The New York Tenors

When: 8 p.m. on March 10

Where: Mishler Theatre

Admission: $35

Tickets: Mishler Box Office, 944-9434, www.MishlerTheatre.org