GENTRI begins love affair with Civic Music


Burlington Civic Music returned to Burlington Memorial Auditorium Saturday for a thoroughly satisfying concert by the tenor trio GENTRI of Salt Lake City.

What more could anyone want? Three dashing young men crooning high up there in the vocal stratosphere where many women never venture, lyrics awash in Broadway, American patriotism and songs of love.

Casey Elliott, Bradley Quinn Lever and Brad Robins were upbeat, happy and gosh-darned good singers.

Salt Lake City trio GENTRI members Casey Elliott, Bradley Quinn Lever and Brad Robins wow the Civic Music crowd Saturday at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. The trio expertly performed music ranging from Broadway to Bruno Mars, from Disney to Dylan. Not shown is their music director-pianist Stephen Nelson, who ambushed the audience with an impromptu alloy of the theme from “Sound of Music” with “Fly Me to the Moon” with no prior rehearsal.

GENTRI, derived from “gentlemen” and “trio,” delivers three-part tenor harmonies with grace and power, and their music has often been described — accurately — as uplifting.

They’re the kind of men you’d like to see your daughters bring home for supper.

Robins introduced the group and served as emcee.

“I understand the Hawkeyes got a big win today,” Robins said to hearty cheers from the crowd.

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