A near-capacity crowd of more than 800 people filled Lanterman Auditorium last Friday to hear the vocal stylings of the Texas Tenors – and in so doing, raised more than $50,000 for the Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge.
The show was the culmination of a relationship between the trio — Marcus Collins, J.C. Fisher and John Hagen —and La Cañada Flintridge that grew from an encounter between the group and local resident Martha Burns on a cruise ship in 2009. Burns became a dedicated fan of the group, which that year performed its mix of country and classical music on the NBC show, “America’s Got Talent.”
Over time, she became a friend.
Then last year Burns’ niece, Wendy Wyatt, volunteered her home as a place for two of the tenors to stay when they came to Los Angeles to remaster their CD. The groundwork was set for what turned out to be a big night.