Tenore concert captures spirit of giving

Award-winning vocal group Tenore performs Dec. 3 at the Cultural Centre, benefitting local girl Greta Loewen and her family.

Mark David Williams (left)

Mark David Williams (left)

Four-time Gospel Music Association (GMA) award winning group Tenore brings their Christmas With You tour to Chilliwack on Dec. 3 as a partial fundraiser for little Greta Loewen.

This show will not only capture the magic of the holiday season with some of everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes, but by exemplifying the spirit of giving in support of the Abbotsford-based Loewen family who are going through incredibly challenging times.

Founded by Jill Ann Siemens, Tenore has received tremendous acclaim since the release of their debut album in 2011.

Tenore is made up of Mark David Williams, Jason Catron and David Wise, with swing tenors Gabriel Burrafato and Carlos Santiago.

Appearing with Tenore in Chilliwack will be the beloved and local Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) Concert Choir, who have performed with other notable artists including Josh Groban.

Tenore has received 11 nominations and four wins from the GMA Covenant Awards, including 2014 GMA Seasonal Album of the Year award for their sophomore album Christmas With You.

This trio has criss-crossed the globe, performing to sold out audiences from Kampala, Uganda to California, and appearing on television shows including L.A.’s Hour of Power and Huntley Street.

Known for their powerhouse vocals, rock star charisma, and audience invitations to sing along, Tenore creates a powerful concert experience and has amassed a loyal fan base worldwide.

Six-year-old Greta Loewen will be one of those audience members singing along, in the company of her family.

In December of 2014, at the young age of five, Greta was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

While Greta continues to receive treatments at hospitals across North America, her self-employed parents Tim Loewen and Heather Munro have had to take substantial time off work to support her and their three other children.

The Dec. 3 Tenore Christmas show is one way to help support the Loewen family as they ferociously and bravely battle Greta’s disease.

As they tour, Tenore fundraises for as many local children as possible. And on a continual basis, they raise funds for World Vision to build baby homes, hospitals and schools in underprivileged countries.

On a 2012 trip to Uganda to visit a Watoto Baby Home that they fundraise for, Tenore recorded the classic Where Are You Christmas? (from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas) with the world famous Watoto Children’s Choir.

“Our overall mission is to bring joy and healing through our music and help needy children around the world,” said Siemens.

The Chilliwack show is an opportunity for Tenore and the Chilliwack community to come together to provide the Loewen family with the unconditional love and support that they need in the challenging days ahead.

“We invite the public to come out and support this family in the spirit of community love,” Siemens encouraged.

Join Tenore and the MEI Choir for a spectacular evening of Christmas music for a heartwarming cause.

Tenore performs Dec. 3 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre (9201 Corbould St.) The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for seniors or students, or $32 at the door.

 

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