Ronan Tynan kicking off new Stars for Saskatchewan series on Sept. 26

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The Swift Current Allied Arts Council is pleased that “America’s Irish Tenor” Ronan Tynan will be the first performance for the 2013–2014 season of Stars for Saskatchewan on Sept. 26.

Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens.

Though Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy, he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician. Tynan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and concert repertoire in performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. In 1998, Tynan joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation.

Other than his concert schedule, Tynan has performed for countless dignitaries. Notable performances include: The 80th birthday celebration of former President George H.W. Bush in 2004, the Funeral of President Ronald Reagan in the summer of 2004, The White House Governors’ Ball in February 2007, The White House St. Patrick’s Day Reception in 2008 which was attended by members of the U.S. and Irish governments, and the Concert of Hope prior to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium April, 2008. Tynan has also performed at numerous benefits and memorials for the New York Police and Fire Departments, and he is well known for his performances of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch.

He released a pair of solo albums (My Life Belongs to You in 1998 and The Impossible dream in 2002) before releasing his self-titled album Ronan in 2005 which began a new era in his career.

“I think it shows a greater versatility than any other album I’ve done,” Tynan said. “I wanted to sing a greater variety of music and spread my wings a bit, make a move out of the classic ‘Irish tenor’ vein.” The album debuted #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart, behind Josh Groban, and was the eighth best-selling classical crossover album of 2005. It also reached #2 on the World Album Chart and peaked at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Chart.

Tynan followed up with a series of gospel classics on The Dawning of the Day in 2006, and he released a recording of festive favourites on the 2007 I'll Be Home for Christmas.

Do not miss the opportunity to see Ronan Tynan on Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Sky Centre. An extremely limited number of tickets for reserved seating are available. For more information, call the Swift Current Allied Arts Council at 306-773-1338 or 1-877-211-2787 toll free.

Organizations: Swift Current Allied Arts Council

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Yankee Stadium, Swift Current

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