Irish tenor Kearns to perform locally

The singer will perform a solo show along with acclaimed pianist Patrick Healy

Irish tenor Anthony Kearns is to appear in concert May 1 at the Big Cypress Market Place near Marco Island. Submitted photo

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Irish tenor Anthony Kearns is to appear in concert May 1 at the Big Cypress Market Place near Marco Island. Submitted photo

One of the legendary Irish Tenors, Anthony Kearns, performs May 1 at the Naples Big Cypress Market Place. He will be accompanied by equally acclaimed pianist Patrick Healy.

For 10 years now he and the Irish Tenors have become Ireland’s greatest musical export, second only to U2, said publicist Maire Peters.

The Mayor of Naples, Bill Barnett, has proclaimed May 1 to be Naples’ Anthony Kearns Day.

His first concert in Madison Square Gardens with the Irish Tenors brought out 14,000 people, and a short time later, at his first solo concert with the Boston Pops, 18,000 pairs of eyes watched the man from Ireland walk across the enormous stage, Peters said.

“They loved him and thus began the incredible solo career of Anthony Kearns.”

Peters said the Big Cypress concert will also feature loads of humor.

“These Irish tenors do not just stand there and sing, they entertain, and speak to their audience,” she said.

“During breaks, the stage is not left empty. Pianist Patrick Healy steps up to the microphone audiences fall out of their seats with laughter at his jokes.”

As a student of Hotel Management, Kearns worked in a number of part-time jobs to subsidize his singing lessons. He could not leave work on a day a contest was being held to search for a tenor. He sang down the phone and won the competition.

That led to an appearance on the Irish “Late Late Show” where he was seen by Ireland’s leading singing teacher, Dr. Veronica Dunne of the Leinster School of Music.

Kearns spent four years as a pupil at the Leinster School of Music winning singing competitions.

At the film festival in Cannes, the TV producer cousin of tenor Finbar Wright was joking about the possibility of having a concert featuring Irish Tenors. The joke became a reality.

Anthony Kearns came from Wales to take part in this concert which was a huge success. PBS saw it and within weeks the Irish Tenors were seen on a PBS special. They became an instant success.

For ticket information, call Robin at 774-1690 x 103, or purchase at Erin’s Isle.

Tickets are $35, while VIP seating and Meet and Greet tickets are $50.

The Marketplace is on U.S. 41, about eight miles north-east of Marco Island as the crow flies.

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