JSO members in their spare time

What do The Platin tenors do beside the Orchestra?

Many of the JSO members make music of some sort outside the time they spend with the JSO. Some teach music, some play an active part in marching bands. This (new) page will give a glimpse of what some of the (ex) JSO members and soloists do when they are not on tour or rehearse with the Johann Strauss Orchestra. On this page: The Platin Tenors.



Lana Campbell, who lives in Hobart, Tasmania, attended Gary’s concert and she sent us her report and photos!  Thank you Lana!

Gary Bennett (tenor) accompanied by Michael Allen (pianist) delivered an amazing performance on Sunday 22 July 2012 in the Hobart Town Hall (Tasmania, Australia).

It was absolutely wonderful.  His voice filled the entire Hall and reverberated off the walls!!! The venue was built in the 19th century with elaborately-decorated high ceilings and magnificent crystal chandeliers which set the ambiance for an elegant concert.

It was very intimate with some 200 people attending and a wine bar available during the interval. The audience included many of Gary’s family members and people who had contributed to his career. Gary wore the same outfit as appears on the cover of his CD and he looked extremely smart. It was at this time that I briefly met with two Harmony Parlor fans from Melbourne and their husbands (I think their names were Helen Gray and Val Thompson).  We caught up again after the performance when Gary and Michael were signing CDs and souvenir programs. On leaving the Town Hall, one of the gentlemen very kindly hailed a taxi cab for me and I was whisked away without saying a proper goodbye, but I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the afternoon. To maintain an element of surprise the list of songs was not printed in the program. This was supposed to be available on-line today but I cannot find it. Just as well I scribbled the titles down during the concert. This is what I managed to produce: Das Wandern (Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin) : Every Valley Shall be Exalted (Händel’s Messiah) : The Holy City : Linden Tree" (Schubert’s Die Winterreise) : Flower Song (Bizet’s Carmen) : Hidden Harmony (Puccini’s Tosca) : You Are My Heart’s Delight (Franz Lehar’s Valley of Smiles) : Piano Solo/Michael Allen “Matelot” (Noel Coward) : Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes (Gilbert & Sullivan’s Gondoliers) : Torna a Surriento/Thankless Heart/O Sole Mio (Southern Italian) : The Rose of Tralee/A Little Bit of Heaven (Irish) : Granada and encores La Donna e Mobile and Danny Boy.

Two hours of sheer bliss and commentary providing a great insight into Gary's background and the hard work he has put into his rise to fame.

In 2010 Gary Bennett released his first CD "Winterreise" from Franz Schubert.

This CD was recorded during the sick leave of André.

Click on the picture to the left to get more information about Gary, his CD and the possibility to order this CD.

Running time: 27 Minutes 45 seconds

On December 20th, 2010 the Platin Tenors performed at the Cologne (Germany) Christmas market. Two of the tenors live in Cologne and they were very honored being invited to sing. The concert was done in freezing temperatures, we did not envy the musicians playing with their bare hands!

Solo concert Gary Bennett on

Sunday July 22nd 2012, in Hobart, Australia (Tasmania).

Together with his pianist Michael Allan, Gary will be performing a solo concert in the Town Hall of Hobart, Tasmania at 2.30 pm on Sunday July 22nd 2012. He will sing a mixed program including Irish songs, English- and German Operetta arias, Neapolitan songs and Opera arias. For all those who are interested in attending this concert, keep watching his web site www.gary-bennett.de for more details as to where tickets can be booked. Please spread the word! All fans will be more than welcome.

Solo concert by Gary Bennett.

On Sunday February 23rd 2014,

Gary Bennett will be the soloist in an orchestral concert in the Düsseldorf Tonhalle in Düsseldorf (Germany) at 11 AM.

Gary will be singing mainly Neapolitan songs including:

“Torna a Surriento” and “O Sole Mio”.

The orchestra is the Rumanian State Philharmonic Orchestra and Franz Lamprecht is the conductor.

Picture by Jaya Tgal.

BELA MAVRAK www.bela-mavrak.de

Béla on Facebook

August 2nd 2014.

Today we recorded a music video in pub Lapidarium in Cologne. It's a video for the song Das Leben ohne Liebe (Life without love is like soup without salt), written by the lady in the green skirt, former cabaret singer Christiane Schartner (stage name Jeanette Chéro). Next to her is German actor Ralf Richter, who plays a part in the clip too! I am so stoked about the project, I hope you'll love it when it's all done.

What is Béla Mavrák doing in Western New Guinea? Is he performing for the people of the Dani tribe in the Baliem Valley? Or does he teach the Papuas to read the Cologne newspaper? Béla shows the Dani tribe chief an article in the Cologne newspaper about the upcoming release of his single “A Better Day”, recorded in New Guinea. Béla is among true friends. Ruud and Ineke were there in 1995 and the Dani’s are wonderful people.

August 2012: Béla Mavrak married Monica in Havana, Cuba.

Congratulations Béla and Monica, we wish you lots of happiness.

A 2007 DOCUMENTARY in Hongarian language,  about Béla Mavrak.

Bela’s newest CD: October 2010: Un soplo en el Aire (A breeze in the wind).

“Music is a human thing, a warm thing, something that touches the heart.” That is the view of the world-famous Hungarian Béla Mavrák, who takes a great personal interest in the most far-flung tribes in the world. This quotation was the result of his visit to a tribe in Papua New Guinea, who received him as their first white visitor and adorned his farewell aria with unusual Aborigine vocals. His voice is heard and loved all over the globe. No lesser a personage than Lord Yehudi Menuhin accompanied the star tenor in 1999 at a concert performance in aid of the German Yehudi Menuhin Fund. It was from him that Mavrák adopted the humility of a great star which has gained him the worldwide affection of his fans, although since 2006 his international stage performances have become a little more ostentatious. Star violinist André Rieu enlisted Béla Mavrák to join his ensemble and made him known to an audience of millions in all the continents

of the world. Now, with “Un Soplo en el Aire” Mavrák has fulfilled a long-held dream in between his world tours with the great violinist Rieu from Maastricht. Whilst visiting Cuba he once again felt that strong urge to get to know the people and the origins of their culture. It was in some ways a melancholy experience, because the Cuba of the past has changed dramatically. His brand-new album expresses this change: grandiose vocals – Buena Vista feeling – passion and emotion!


January 2012: A better day.

This is a documentary about the recording of Béla’s new single “A better Day” and the videoclip that goes with it. The clip was filmed in Papua New Guinea with a tribe called the Dani. The song itself was recorded in Germany, with members of the Söhne Mannheims and in Italy with the orchestra of violinist Gennaro Desiderio.

Béla on Facebook

August 6th 2014.

Today we recorded a new song, written for a big band and called: ”Music is all for me”.

Music is everything. It feeds me and my life.

In 2010 the German TV had broadcast a program about Béla. The video from November 2008 is on our website under Previous items Jan- July 2010 with the title

At home with Béla Mavrák.

Click here  or on the picture, to see the video and meet Béla at his home in Cologne, Germany.

At home with Bela Mavrak

Performance of the Platin tenors at the Cologne Christmas Market:

December 20, 2010.

Watch a video of a very cold performance in the German city of Cologne.

It is on our website under “Previous Items, 2010”, or Click HERE.

Winter-sale shopping in Cologne. And this is Bela’s carnival outfit in February 2015.

Photos from Bela’s Facebook Page.