The Three Tenors of Florence to perform Monday

February 10, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – From romantic Italian operas to smash Broadway hits, the Florence Symphony Orchestra will present The Three Tenors of Florence at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Local tenors Shaw Thompson, Nick Townsend and Paul Thompson will be featured at the Francis Marion University Preforming Arts Center in downtown Florence.

“The original three tenors are all heroes of mine, especially Pavarotti,” Shaw Thompson said. “To have the chance to sing things like ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘O sole mio’ with a full orchestra – who wouldn’t want to do that? I feel blessed and extremely lucky to be part of it.”

The original three tenors were Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and the Italian Luciano Pavarotti.

Thompson, a native of Florence, graduated from Coker College with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and received his master’s from the University of South Carolina. A frequent performer in concert and theatre, Shaw has performed as a tenor soloist with Masterworks Choir, Florence Symphony Orchestra and numerous choral and orchestral organizations throughout the Southeast. Thompson is directing his 11th performance at the Florence Little Theater, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which will run later this spring.

Townsend is a local chef and the culinary arts director at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

“I’m so excited to sing songs like ‘Be my Love,’ ‘New York, New York’ and ‘Impossible Dream,’” he said. “All of these are fabulous pieces.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to mimic the three great tenors that we grew up with and who inspired us. We have a few fun surprises planned that even the conductor doesn’t know about.”

Tenor Paul Thompson will return to Florence for this special performance. He is the former director of choral activities and voice area coordinator at Francis Marion University. He now is an assistant professor and director of choral activities at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where he resides with his wife, Susan.

The Florence Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of FMU professor Terry Roberts.

“These guys are world class tenors, and we are thrilled to have them be a part of our ‘homegrown’ season,” Roberts said. “It will be a very entertaining evening with a nice variety of pieces.”

Individual concert tickets for “The Three Tenors of Florence” start at $30 for adults. The FSO offers discounted ticket pricing for children, students and seniors.

To purchase individual concert tickets, contact the FMU PAC box office at 843-661-4444 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information regarding concerts and special events, contact the FSO office at 843-661-2541.