Paying tribute to Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti, collectively known as the Three Tenors, Michael Amante, Andy Cooney, and Daniel Rodriguez have taken up the mantle of these three legendary vocalists, banding together to form a trio equally as impressive: The New York Tenors.
Each accomplished singers in their own right, Amante, Cooney, and Rodriguez combine to create something magical, and this magic held the crowd attending the latest edition of the Town of Oyster Bay's Music Under the Stars series in a state of musical rapture.
"We are so happy to be back here again," Andy Cooney said to the audience. "We've all been here before individually, but this is the first time together. It's an honor to work with these two gentlemen, and I hope you enjoy the music tonight!"
The three opened the show by launching into a powerful rendition of an Irish song called "You Raise Me Up," immediately hooking those in attendance with their smooth, beautiful voices coming together as one.
After concluding this number, each of the three performed brief solo sets, starting with Massapequa native Andy Cooney.
"I was born and raised here in Massapequa," he said. "I've got my family here, my dad is here, and my church - Our Lady of Lourdes - I've got everybody here tonight!"
After talking with the audience some more, Cooney treated them a sampling of Broadway showtunes, starting with "The Impossible Dream" from The Man of La Macha, followed by an original piece written by several members of Cooney's backing band, dedicated to America's veterans, entitled "Bring Me Home."
Next up was former New York City police officer Daniel Rodriguez, who first performed a song that he often sang during the aftermath of 9/11 to comfort those afflicted by that tragic day- "God Bless America."
"Ten years ago, something horrific happened to change the world, and I was a part of it," Rodriguez said. "However, to this day, there are others who have traveled across the seas to defend our freedom, and this next song is for them."
The song Rodriguez choose to honor our men and women in uniform was "Bring Him Home," sung by the character Jean Valjean in the Broadway musical "Les Miserables."
The last of the three solo routines was Michael Amante, a man whose vocals have been praised by no less a singer than the legendary Tony Bennett himself.
"I'm going to sing you something in Italian...any Italians here tonight?" he asked. "What's the hardest thing about going to Italy? Coming home, baby, that's the hardest thing."
Amante proceeded to belt out several lush Italian tunes, captivating the audience with his powerful voice.
After Amante's set, the three New York Tenors re-formed together on-stage, and closed out the show by enveloping the crowd with their lush, harmonious voices for the remainder of the evening.
Audience member Carla Wilson was enthralled by the combined forces of the New York Tenors.
"Honestly, I had never heard of them before...I just come to all of the Music Under the Stars events," she said. "But they've made me a fan for life...their singing is just beautiful."
Mitch Cunningham of Syosset agreed with Wilson's sentiment wholeheartedly.
"This is easily my favorite of all the acts they've had here at Burns park this year," he said. "I'm mean, I'm normally a rock and roller, and these guys have made me a convert! Great stuff."