First up, the multinational pop-opera quartet Il DIVO makes their debut performance tonight. Formed by X Factor/American Idol producer Simon Cowell in 2004, the group consists of four lyrical male singers: French pop vocalist Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. These guys are quite the class act with good looks and dynamic vocals to match. You perhaps recognize these guys from half-time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they sang the official song of the World Cup “The Time of Our Lives” live alongside R&B singer Toni Braxton. The group also happens to be a favorite of the great Barbara Streisand, with whom they toured with in 2006. Come out tonight to see why everyone else is taken with these suave performers!
If you call yourself a jazz aficionado, then you must know Dave Koz. If you two haven’t crossed paths yet, let me introduce you. Koz started his career in the early ‘80s as a session musician with several bands and also played in the house band on The Pat Sajak Show. In the ‘90s Koz launched his solo career with his self-title debut album and began hosting the syndicated radio show The Dave Koz Radio Show. He also co-hosted of The Dave Koz Morning Show with Pat Prescott on 94.7 The Wave, a smooth jazz station in Los Angeles, for six years. In 2003 his ninth record, Saxophonic, peaked at number 2 on Billboard Jazz Albums chart and earned him both a GRAMMY and NAACP nomination. Recently, Koz performed "Start All Over Again" in the Desperate Housewives season seven episode “Let Me Entertain You” alongside singer Dana Glover. Now that you two are familiar, make sure to see the legend himself on the Filene Center stage later this month.
Notably the standout performance for our summer season, this Australian world music duo will make you wonder why you haven’t been listening all along. Formed in the late ‘80s, DCD did not gain mainstream notoriety until their sixth studio album, Into the Labyrinth, was released in September 1993. The album sold 500,000 worldwide and appeared on the Billboard 200. Three years later, the duo did it again with Spiritchaser; the album peaked at No. 75 Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on the Top World Music Albums Chart. DCD combine Greek, Italian, Turkish, Irish, and Arab to create hauntingly beautiful melodies that will leave you wanting more.