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NY Tenors bring ‘Big Apple’ music sounds to Packard

Andy Cooney is bringing a couple of friends with him for his third Warren Civic Music Association appearance.

The tenor, who first played Packard Music Hall in 2009 and brought his Irish Christmas show to the venue last year, will open the WCMA’s 2019-20 season Sept. 12 with the New York Tenors.

“The idea I had was to bring together some different nationalities that would be apropos to New York, so we have Daniel Rodriguez as our New York Puerto Rican tenor and Christopher Macchio as our New York Italian tenor and me being a New York Irish tenor … We like to bring a little bit of New York to whatever city we come to.”

Rodriguez is a former New York City police officer who first gained national attention for his singing after his performance of “God Bless America” at a Prayer for America event following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He has performed at the Republican National Convention, the Memorial Day concert broadcast annually on PBS and at major sporting events nationwide.

Macchio was born and raised on Long Island and attended Manhattan School of Music.

The NY Tenors have played to sell-out crowds at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Cooney said those Carnegie Hall dates are among his favorites.

“Carnegie Hall is amazing,” he said. “It never gets old. I’ve been there 10 times, five times with the tenors, and it’s just an incredible room to perform in.”

Cooney also has enjoyed his past visits to the Mahoning Valley.

“I think the Warren Civic Music Association does a great job promoting these shows,” he said. “The attendance has always been great, and we’re looking forward to a full house.”

The set will draw on a wide range of material reflecting the singers’ different backgrounds and the city in its name.

“We do favorite songs from Broadway, songs from artists from New York that were popular, like Simon & Garfunkel, opera and classical things,” Cooney said. “There are so many things we can do on stage.”

Each member of the group has his own career individually. Sometimes they will block out portions of their respective schedules and play multiple dates together, such as a Christmas tour in December. Other times, they do stand-alone shows, such as next week’s performance in Warren.

“That’s an isolated date,” Cooney said. “We’ll arrive on the 11th all very prepared, have a bit of rehearsal, and off we go.”

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