Texas Tenors dazzling on opening night of Concerts in the Garden.

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Concerts in the Garden

Through July 5

Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; shows begin at 8:15 p.m.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Lawn seating $21-26 in advance; $18 at the gate; free for children 10 and younger

Table seating is $26-$51.

Parking is $10 at Farrington Field, at University Drive and Lancaster Avenue. Patrons can ride a free shuttle to the Botanic Garden. Shuttle service begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs continuously during each concert.

817-665-6000, www.fwsymphony.org

Tonight: Broadway Today

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The Texas Tenors, a trio out of Houston that got its big break on America’s Got Talent back in 2009, joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of series artistic director Andres Franco,

to open the orchestra’s popular Concerts in the Garden series in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

The music: No jazz or rap was offered, but most other bases were covered. The Tenors — JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen — played pass-the-solo on numbers that usually also required them to show off their dazzling harmonizing. Tunes by John Denver and the Rolling Stones rubbed elbows with Puccini opera arias, with each singer adding a slightly different color to the canvas being painted. All three were outstanding, but Hagen’s highly operatic voice was especially breathtaking.

The mood: The crowd of 1,700 was more like a traditional symphony audience than the usual patrons for this series, which offers more pop than classical. The crowd was into the show, but no one tried to start a mosh pit.

Memorable moment: A wonderful reinvention of the Stones’ Wild Horses. Hagen’s vocal and orchestral arrangements of the Jagger-Richards ballad were compelling and made excellent use of the trio’s talents.

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