MANCHESTER, NH – When Ronan Tynan performed the National Anthem Dec. 6 at the New England Patriots game, the crowd was visibly and audibly moved by his delivery. There were no gratuitous runs or tweaks to the majestic tune.
Tynan wholeheartedly believes that a country’s anthem requires no frills.
“I believe when you sing that song, it’s the national anthem of the country, you sing it with respect and as written, don’t put all these melismas for effect; that’s not the National Anthem. It must be sung as written. It’s a very important song, and it’s always an honor and a privilege. That’s one song that should never be messed with,” says Tynan.
On Dec. 15, Tynan will return to the Palace Theatre stage for a one-night holiday-themed performance, which will also include some Irish standards and crowd-pleasers, and a special performance by NH Police Association Pipe and Drums.
It’s a familiar stage for Tynan, which now feels like a Christmastime tradition.
“It never gets old. I love coming to Manchester – there are great people up there and I have a great following,” says Tynan.
He understands that, even in a grand venue like the Palace, an evening of music is an intimate and personal experience for each audience member.
“That’s one of the most beautiful things about music – it’s a private moment for you, no matter how many people are there. It’s about how you feel at that moment, and each song generates for each individual a memory of people you love, places you’ve been – a special song that has been part of your life all throughout your life – even for me, as a performer, there are private moments during a performance,” says Tynan.
“I always try to give every song the same credibility as every other song – a song can mean something to me, because it brings back a memory — maybe of a time when I was with my mother or father, and so I have a sense of being touched by a song. And so, in that moment, it’s even more powerful to give that back to others,” Tynan says
In his home country of Ireland he’s known as “The Singing Doctor,” a title which does not simply modify his expertise as a gifted tenor.
“I’m a fully qualified physician. But I also did my musical diploma at the Royal College of Music in Manchester,” says Tynan, who earned a post-graduate diploma in voice in 1995, the same year he was named winner of the International Opera Singing Competition in Marmand, France.
That is what led him in 1998 to join forces with fellow gifted musicians Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns, to become The Irish Tenors, a group with whom he continues to tour with today.
Delivering a memorable concert at the Palace comes at an important time in our common human experience, says Tynan. He fully believes in the healing power of music.
“We live in a very unsettled world, it’s a very difficult time no matter who you are or where you live, and if something can give you that feeling of kindness and memories and a feeling of goodwill, I’m all for that. Music has the power to do that,” Tynan says. “If you can perform songs in a specific way that moves an audience to a wonderful memory, you’ve achieved everything you’ve set out to do as a performer. That is the most fulfilling aspect of this, for me.”
For Tynan, the song that moves him most is “I”ll be Home for Christmas,” because it is transcendent. No matter who you are, you can relate to the longing for a sense of home – whether it’s a physical state of being, or a memory that lives on in one’s heart.
In fact, “the singing doctor” believes music is the best prescription, whether the heart is settled for the holidays, or longing for some other place and time.
“That song gets to me, every time. And fortunately for me, I will be home in Ireland, for Christmas,” Tynan says. “But I also so enjoy sharing the spirit of the season with audiences through music. It’s a powerul thing.”
Tickets for the Dec. 15 Ronan Tynan performance at the Palace Theatre are $30.50, $40.50 and $60.50 – includes a preshow meet-and-greet. Click here to reserve your seat.
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