DeWitt: Holy Cross gets a taste of the Irish

Anthony Kearns, a world-renowned Irish tenor, will be performing at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt in less than two weeks. His performance is part of the church's ongoing concert series, and acts as a fundraiser to support its many ministry programs.

Choir member Karen Randall and music director Ernest Camerota initiated Kearns' invitation to perform here.

"Anthony Kearns is a one of the finest Irish tenors in the world," Camerota said. "He has a wide high range and will sing a variety of songs."

Kearns is a member of the trio, "The Irish Tenors," which is comprised of Kearns, Karl Scully and Finbar Wright. The group has made several CDs and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Kearns', however, is going it alone on this particular musical tour. He keeps an active solo career, in tune with the trio's schedule, and travels frequently to promote both "The Irish Tenors" and himself as a single musical act. This will be his first solo appearance in Central New York.

The 36-year-old Irishman began singing in his youth, eventually cultivating his voice with not only traditional Irish music, but also opera. He has sung in productions of "The Irish Ring," "Mac Beth," and "La Traviata."

"His ability to work the audience is impressive," Camerota said. "His accompanist, Patrick Healy, also sings and is a Gilbert and Sullivan expert."

The concert will last just over two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets are $125 for preferred seating, including the Artists' Reception, $50 for general admission, with an additional and optional $25 to attend the Artists' Reception.

A recent press release said the acoustics of the church are excellent and no views are blocked. The building is handicapped-accessible and there is plenty of free parking right next to the church.

The Artists' Reception will be downstairs in Yeazel Hall and will include wine, beverages, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, cheeses, fruit, desserts and other finger foods. Guests will also have a chance to meet and speak with Kearns and his ensemble, take photographs and ask for autographs.

For more information on Kearns, visit anthonykearns.tripod.com.

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