April 21, 2013, just weeks after a performance for President Obama and Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland at the Capital in Washington D.C., Anthony Kearns, founding member of The Irish Tenors, will sing at First Presbyterian Church, 840 South 17th St. in Lincoln. Said Kearns: “What a special time for me, to have the honor to sing for both President Obama and Ireland’s Prime Minister Kenny! It was both humbling and thrilling.”
First Presbyterian’s Arts for the Soul Music & Fine Arts Series is pleased to close this season with an artist of such international fame. “I’m delighted to sing for First Presbyterian’s concert series; I’ve heard good things and look forward to being in that beautiful church.”
Kearns, who hails from County Wexford in Ireland, and still bases in Dublin, has been touring with The Irish Tenors for well over a decade; this enduring trio has reached near rock star status as one of Ireland’s most popular touring groups, second only to U2. Anthony also has a thriving solo concert career, and has appeared in many operas internationally in coveted lead-tenor roles, garnering consistently high praise. Quoted the British magazine Opera Now of his performance in Ireland as Don Ottavio in Lismore Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, “Kearns’s beautifully spun Il mio tesoro was a moment of still beauty.”
In January, Kearns was involved in the U.S. Inaugural weekend celebrations. He was invited by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey, to perform at a brunch for Medal of Honor recipients, performed at the inaugural ball hosted by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and was then invited to attend the actual swearing-in ceremony as an honored VIP guest. Commented Kearns, “It was a great experience to be involved in the Inaugural events; I was honored to be there.”
Just one year ago, Kearns appeared at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston at an event celebrating the Kennedy family’s Irish Roots. “That was special for me.” Kearns said, “Being from County Wexford, where the Kennedy’s hail from, it was especially meaningful to have been asked to perform for that event.”
Carrying on the tradition of one of Ireland’s most famous tenors, John McCormack, Kearns’s solo repertoire runs the spectrum brilliantly from Ireland to Broadway, from Classical to Sacred, and includes some of the world’s best loved songs.
Kearns brings his longtime accompanist, fellow Irishman Patrick Healy, and they are both looking forward to returning. “Patrick is a gem,” said Kearns, “He’s the real deal. He plays piano brilliantly, he sings, he writes songs, and he tells jokes with the best of them!”
Anthony Kearns will perform at First Presbyterian on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at 402.477.6037 or at this link: http://fpclincoln.org and click on Arts for the Soul
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Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for students, and children under 12 are free. For further information contact First Presbyterian Church at (402) 477-6037, or go to the church website at: http://fpclincoln.org/ and click on Arts for the Soul, or find us on Facebook. Tickets may be purchased at the church Mon.-Fri. from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. by check or cash, or online with a credit card or PayPal account, or purchased with check or cash only at the door the day of the concert.
- Occurred Sunday, April 21st, 2013 @ 7:30 pm