3 Up with Ronan Tynan

The Omaha Symphony will celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a trio of concerts featuring Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, March 9th through the 11th at the Holland Center.

Tynan is friends with Omaha Symphony Conductor Thomas Wilkins and CEO James Johnson and says they all know each other pretty well, which makes the concerts even more fun for him.

You started performing late in life.  Why did you decide to make the switch from medicine to music?

“I had always sung with my dad on the farm. I’m a farmer’s son. Anyway, one weekend I went home and my dad was saying to me, ‘You gotta do something with the voice,’ so I decided to take singing lessons at the age of 33.”

What are some of your favorite performances?

“Singing for President Reagan’s funeral and for President Bush’s inauguration. These were big moments. The 9/11 memorial was very sad but a beautiful experience. There are several moments in my life that have been wonderful when it comes to performance.”

What will the program in Omaha be like?

“When you come to Ireland or a St. Patrick’s Day program, the bulk of it is going to be Irish because people want to hear Irish music. That’s why people want to hear it.  That’s the big deal with the whole show. And it will be sung as best you can with a beautiful orchestra. Audiences are going to be in for an excellent experience of Irish music sung by a fine Irish tenor, what do you think of that?”

Ronan Tynan sings with the Omaha Symphony on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m. in the Holland Center. Tickets are available at omahasymphony.org or by calling 402-345-0606.

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