TEN Tenors come home for the holidays at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Autograph signing on Ten Tenors recent tour.

Seven, eight nine, but 10, count ’em, The Ten Tenors at the California Center for the Arts (CCAE) , 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3? Sure, why not. The more the merrier the holiday season.

What’s a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with international singing sensation The TEN Tenors?

“I’m excited about the TEN Tenors,” enthused CCAE executive director Jerry Van Leeuwen said when the show was announced. “I happen to have a friend who is a tenor in my church choir. I was talking to him about the shows coming up and he said, ‘I can’t believe you got the TEN Tenors!’ They have a great reputation.”

While many Americans the next week, or two, will be kicking off the holiday season with a bit of shopping, the season doesn’t truly get it in gear until The TEN Tenors get to town with their Home for the Holidays show.

“Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight, and captivate audiences,” according to the CCAE. “Australia’s rockstars of the opera as they enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of Joy to the World, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Feliz Navidad and many more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season.”

California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Bringing in this hot Australian outfit is part of the Center’s overall strategy of getting the biggest bang for its bucks. Dollars well spent on the front end ensures tens of dollars coming in to the community along with great entertainment, according to Center officials who hope to build on last season’s seven sold-out engagements.

“The budget for our performing arts is just under a million dollars,” Van Leeuwen said at the start of the current season. “That covers booking agents, direct staff, the ticket office, the marketing budget, artist fees and technology costs. We were overwhelmed by the community’s response last year. It was way beyond what we anticipated, so we had more confidence in booking shows for this year.”

The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s most successful touring groups of all time, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie, and vocal power.

Ten -- count 'em -- Ten Tenors coming to California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Ten — count ’em — Ten Tenors coming to California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, The TEN Tenors have cemented their place as one of the world’s most loved classical contemporary groups. Celebrated for their vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements, and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical tenors and composers, but also contemporary music’s most popular artists.

Amidst their own explosive live concert experiences and remarkable achievements including six platinum and gold records and over 3.5 million concert tickets sold, the TEN have also performed alongside countless music legends including Andrea Bocelli, André Rieu, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Sarah Brightman, Willie Nelson, Katherine Jenkins and Christina Aguilera.

They’re no strangers to television either, with iconic appearances on some of the world’s biggest broadcast events including performing exclusively for chat show queen Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure,appearing on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for an audience of 32 million viewers, and Poland 2012 UEFA Cup in Warsaw.

Ten Tenors get artsy.

Ten Tenors get artsy.

Long-serving member of The TEN, Scott Muller says “So many people, particularly men, turn up to a show, having been dragged by their wives, arms folded, thinking they’re going to watch us croon to the ladies and serve up yet another watery classical- crossover show. Not too far into the show they realize we are a group of down-to-earth Aussie blokes, that have power and guts in our performance and they leave not only pleasantly surprised, but fans themselves.”

CCAE is situated on a 12-acre campus in downtown Escondido adjacent to Escondido City Hall and Grape Day Park. The campus is comprised of a 1,523-seat Concert Hall, a 406-seat Center Theater, a visual arts Museum, art and dance studios, and a Conference Center containing meeting and banquet facilities.

Groundbreaking occurred on June 22, 1991. Since its opening on Oct. 1, 1994, The Center has attracted more than one-million visitors through its performing and visual arts presentations, events in the Conference Center, and education programs.

Buy tickets online or at the Center ticket office by calling (800) 988-4253. Or visit CCAE at http://artcenter.org.