Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan joins orchestra to open Belleayre Festival

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan teams up with the Festival Orchestra, under the direction of John Covelli, to open the 2008 Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m. A gala fireworks display follows the concert.
Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Three Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal.
As part of Belleayre’s annual Orchestral Independence Day Celebration, Tynan will solo with the Belleayre Festival Orchestra in a memorable program of traditional vocal classics, Irish melodies and Broadway and pop favorites.
Tynan initially earned recognition as a member of the Irish Tenors, before leaving the group in May of 2004 to pursue a solo career. During his time with the Irish Tenors, Tynan issued two solo albums, “My Life Belongs to You” in 1998 and “The Impossible Dream” in 2002. The 2005 release of Tynan’s third solo album, the self-titled “Ronan,” marked his departure from the trio.
Outside of the studio, Tynan’s singing has gained recognition nationwide. At the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan, he performed “Amazing Grace” and “Ave Maria” at the 2004 state funeral of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the Washington National Cath-edral, which was viewed by an international television audience of more than 35 million. He has also gained familiarity among New Yorkers, performing “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch at Yankee Stadium.
Following a car accident when he was 20, Tynan’s legs had to be amputated below the knee. Within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics. Between 1981 and 1984, he earned 18 gold medals and 14 world records - nine of which he still holds.
In 2002, Tynan received an honorary captain’s badge from the Fire Department of New York City. In the wake of September 11, 2001, Tynan performed at numerous benefits and memorial services for New York City firefighters and police officers.
Maestro John Covelli has performed at the Belleayre Music Festival since its inception and his work conducting the Festival Orchestra is eagerly anticipated each season.
He will lead the orchestra in a traditional pops concert prior to Ronan Tynan joining the orchestra for the second portion of the show.

The schedule also includes:
Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.: Legendary Beach Boy Brian Wilson - The Hits Tour. Reserved $75-$45, $20 (lawn).
Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m.: “The Maestro Plays Beethoven to the Blues” - John Covelli Unplugged - $20 general admission.                                                                          Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.: “Rock-n-Roll Brothers” - The Bacon Brothers Band. Reserved seating $65-$45, $15 lawn.
Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m.: “The Post-Neo Trio,” featuring Justin Kolb with Abby Newton and Mikhail Horowitz - $20 general admission.
Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.: “Star of Stage and Screen,” Bebe Neuwirth. $65-$45, $15 lawn
Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.: Belleayre Festival Opera - “Pagliacci” and Opera Choruses. Reserved $75-$45, $15 lawn.
Sunday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.: Children’s Opera - “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.” Free.
Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.: Belleayre Jazz Club - KJ Denhert. $20 general admission.
Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.: Jazz Piano Great Ramsey Lewis. Reserved $65-$45, $15 lawn.
Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.: Belleayre Jazz Club - Ken Peplowski. $20 general admission.
Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.: “Two Jazz Diamonds” - 75th Birthday Celebration for David “Fathead” Newman & Curtis Fuller with Cedar Walton, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Cobb and special guests. Reserved $65-$45, $15 lawn.
Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.: Country Superstar Vince Gill. Reserved $75-$45, $20 lawn.
Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m.: Kaleidoscope - A Children’s Classical Music Experience featuring The Teaching Artists Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.: Singer/Songwriter/Movie and TV Star Chris Isaak. Reserved $75-$45, $20 lawn.

Ticket for all shows are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster Express: 866 448-7849.
For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 344 or visit: www.belleayremusic.org.
Concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.