Inspired by an ability to evolve and grow past already respected careers and repertoires that transcend genres and transformed generations, Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne is preparing a brand new show.
Three Knights with a Tenor, an admittedly cheeky title, features the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.
“It’s music I enjoy singing privately and it’s music I don’t get the opportunity to perform outside of my shower,” Lavigne says from his home studio office in Chemainus. “What makes them stand up is that their music still inspires young and old alike and I want to carry on the tradition.”
Lavigne began to see synergies between Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John as work on his new show progressed. Paul McCartney began writing simple three-chord pop songs but evolved into working with the London Symphony. Elton John managed to integrate piano into mainstream rock and Andrew Lloyd Webber created monumental works that are celebrated as nostalgic tipping.
Lavigne is very aware that paying tribute to three of the world’s most celebrated musicians is not a tribute act.
“I will perform true and faithfully to who I am and I know the ultimate arbitrators of good taste is the audience.”
Three Knights with a Tenor, which includes a small ensemble, debuts Comox United Church in Comox on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and moves down Vancouver Island, finishing in Chemainus on May 12.
For full Three Knights with a Tenor tour details visit kenlavigne.com. Advance Tickets: $30; at the door: $35.