arts & theatre
World-renowned Tenor. by Kirsten Fedewa
n Saturday, March 10, 2012, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, original founding member of The Irish Tenors, delivered a stunning performance for 150 guests from the Tyson’s Corner area at the beautiful home of Mr. Chris Simmons, managing partner, PwC. With the help of Marcia McArthur, the event supported CharityWorks, a non-profit group run by Leah Ganzler. Mr. Kearns sang from a wide repertoire of Broadway, popular classics, Neapolitan and songs from his beloved homeland, including the traditional Irish folk song, "Red is the Rose"; the humorous Irish ditty, "Kitty Me Love"; the classical French love song, "Plaisir d'Amour"; "Empty Chairs" from Les Miserables; a crowd favorite, "Funiculi, Funicula"; and of course, the beloved "Danny Boy". The grand finale was “God Bless America” in which all guests joined in for a rousing rendition. Mr. Kearns is currently embarking on a robust spring tour, with many events celebrating the Irish season, including a cameo appearance at Kansas City Union Station’s Grand Opening Gala on March 3rd in remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of the iconic RMS Titanic, which has many ties to Ireland, and – closer to home – a special reception honoring IrishAmerican Governors Bob McDonnell (VA) and Martin O'Malley (MD), and a private function for high-level guests at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kearns sang at Gov. McDonnell's inaugural gala in January 2010 and at his bipartisan prayer breakfast in Richmond during the ceremonies.
Frequently in our area, Anthony Kearns has fast become one of Washington's premier tenors. He was the select performer for the 2010 National Moment of Remembrance during the National Memorial Day Parade (the nation’s largest). Kearns also performed a choral tribute for military families at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center. He has performed at Wolf Trap eight times with The Irish Tenors, and was recently featured as a solo artist in a video montage celebrating Wolf Trap’s 40th Anniversary. Other celebrities included Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, and The Beach Boys. Mr. Kearns is also the only tenor to ever be featured on Larry Michael's "The Redskins Report". This is Mr. Kearns' second performance in support of CharityWorks. Previously, he performed at the historic home of interior designer Barry Dixon. The evening included a wine tasting with ten rare wines rated 100 points by either Wine Spectator or Wine Advocate, paired with foods prepared by some of DC's most celebrated chefs. TV personality Montel Williams was the evening's emcee. Anthony Kearns’ appearance was arranged by Northern Virginia's own Kirsten Fedewa, agent and publicist to Mr. Kearns. For more information or to request a special engagement with tenor Anthony Kearns, visit: www.anthonykearnsmusic.com or contact Kirsten Fedewa at 202.365.6936 email@example.com.
VivaTysons | MAY-JUNE 2012 vivatysons.com