Famous Tenor Performs at Bell Center

Feb. 1, 2013
Famous Tenor Performs at Bell Center

Internationally acclaimed tenor Anthony Kearns made his debut performance at Bell Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University on Sept. 15, 2012. 

"I'm delighted to perform for a new audience at the state-of-the-art Bell Cultural Events Center," said Kearns.

Kearns’ set included both favorite and classical songs. He was accompanied by Dale Morehouse, chair of the Vocal Studies Division and associate professor of voice (Opera) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Kearns also performed with Morehouse at a special concert in North Kansas City earlier this year.  

Kearns performed an extraordinary repertoire, with music from Ireland to Broadway, Viennese romance to Italian classics, French art songs, and traditional German lieder. His music is for audiences of all ages, and included timeless classics as well as uplifting, spiritual, and patriotic songs. 

Located on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Bell Cultural Events Center first opened to the public in the fall of 2007. Bell Center's Mabee Performing Arts Hall is acclaimed for its fine acoustics and has welcomed such artists as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, tenors Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley, pianists Nielson and Young, and the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, among others. MNU's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and Kansas City's own award-winning Fountain City Brass Band, each claim Bell Center as home.

Kearns, a founding member of the Irish Tenors, has performed in the Kansas City area during previous tours. Last spring, he made a cameo appearance at Union Station Kansas City's grand opening gala for their 100th anniversary of "Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibit." Kearns observed that the RMS Titanic was "a glorious ship built in Ireland with an Irish crew, who had her last port of call in Ireland on her way to New York."

Most recently, Kearns performed during the Special Military Tribute of the 137th Preakness in May and at a benefit for USO Operation Enduring Care. He frequently performs for military and other charitable causes, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, ThanksUSA, and others. In July, Kearns was featured in a special presentation of Gioachino Rossini's masterpiece, “Petite Messe Solennelle,” at the St. Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore, Ireland. He also performed at the James Galway Prom, which featured legendary flutist James Galway and David Brophy with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.

Kearns' entry into tenor history was extraordinary. In 1993, Kearns heard of a contest, "Ireland's Search for a Tenor," while working in sales at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. He sang "Danny Boy" over the telephone, hitchhiked his way to Dublin for the finals, and won the national competition singing "The Impossible Dream" and "Danny Boy" as an encore. Kearns recently told his amazing personal story to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in his Fox weekend primetime show, Huckabee.

Kearns has continually astounded both audiences and critics with his powerful voice, impeccable technique, and extraordinary range. In 2006, he was acknowledged as "Ireland's Finest Tenor" at the Dublin National Concert Hall's Silver Jubilee. In 2010, he was named "Best Irish Tenor" by the Irish Music Association in Independence, Mo.  

Kearns has starred in five Public Broadcasting Service specials and recorded 10 CDs with his Irish Tenor colleagues, who are considered one of Ireland's top musical exports as well as one of PBS' most successful acts to date. He is a respected ambassador of Ireland to the world, having performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Last year, he was featured in the PBS Special "Hallelujah Broadway," where he and others sang famous Broadway hits with a spiritual message, such as "Bring Him Home" and "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord."  Kearns is also a member of The Recording Academy ("The GRAMMYs").

For more information about Kearns, visit www.anthonykearnsmusic.com.