At first glance, they just seem like three men from the mountains. Country folk with nothing really going on in their lives. But at second glance, they’re opera singers, filling an auditorium with extraordinary sounds.
That’s the 3 Redneck Tenors, and they’re rounding out the 2018 Arts Council Signature Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium.
“Some people may think they don’t like opera, and we wanted to show opera in a different light, to show them how much fun it can be,” said Gladys Wyant, executive director of The Arts Council. “And this particular group has a lot of comedy within the act, in addition to their great, professional singing voices,”
When they come on stage for their first act, they’re dressed in the traditional redneck garb, complete with overalls, boots and shirts with no sleeves. But in the second act, they’re back on stage, dressed to the nines in black tuxedos.
Their website describes the show, which finished in the top 10 on “America’s Got Talent,” as a “smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel, to country, to Broadway, pop and classical.” And with a range like that, everyone is guaranteed a good time.
That’s the biggest reason Wyant and The Arts Council chose to have the 3 Redneck Tenors come to Gainesville. They wanted to provide an opportunity for guests to try something new, like opera, in an environment they were more comfortable in and with a group they might already be excited about.
“We thought that if people had seen them on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ they would know what this was about,” Wyant said.
She had seen the 3 Redneck Tenors on TV and said she felt like their act would work well in Gainesville. She thought The Arts Council’s typical audience would enjoy it, but she thought it might bring in new guests as well.
And that’s what she is always trying to do. Wyant wants to get people from the community involved in The Arts Council, so bringing in exciting shows that people may already be interested in seeing is important to her.
“We want to bring the most professional shows, the most professional talent, that we can to Gainesville,” Wyant said. “We’re not bringing unseasoned performances, if you will. These are quite professional gentlemen and they just make it fun.”
Bringing fun to the local community is what The Arts Council strives for, which is why they’re already at work putting together the summer series.
“We always like to bring the best,” Wyant said. “So that you don’t have to go to a metropolitan city to see some of the things that we bring to our community.”
The Arts Council Signature Series
What: 3 Redneck Tenors
When: 7:30 p.m., March 27
Where: Pearce Auditorium, 202 Boulevard, Gainesville
Tickets: Adult $32, Senior $30, Student $23