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Irish Tenor #AnthonyKearns delights Court Street Arts patrons with strong
musical mix

By Bernie Marvin, The Bridge Weekly

The Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall stage in Haverhill Corner last Saturday evening
was bare except for three potted plants, a piano and an American flag at stage left.
Not much of a setting for an internationally acclaimed operatic Irish tenor who was
to appear there before the full house crowd.

Right on schedule, #AnthonyKearns strode out on stage accompanied by
David George, a piano player, song writer and noted musician originally
from Louisville, Kentucky.

Without any music amplification whatsoever, with no dramatic lighting, no
whiz-bang electronic fireworks or dancing personalities in the background,
the two entertainers set off more than two hours of music excellence that
brought the house to its feet on many occasions through the performance.

Irish Tenor Kearns has performed in the most well-known and famous
venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall to Washington, DC. His
astounding international career includes high-profile engagements,
major television appearances, concert tours, leading operatic roles,
and collaborations with the finest orchestras, including the Boston Pops,
the Chicago Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra and the US
Army chorus.

He has performed for three U.S. presidents (Clinton, George HW Bush
and Obama) and for Pope Francis during his visit to the United States two
years ago. Kearns is a member of the world famous singing group, The Irish
Tenors, with whom he has 10 best-selling CDs and five Public Broadcasting
Service specials.

His singing pedigree goes on and on, but for this night in Haverhill
Corner, his tailor-made play list included some beautiful Irish ballads,
humorous ditties, operatic offerings, folk songs, Broadway, movies
and more.

Introducing Anthony Kearns was former New Hampshire State
Senator#BobClegg, a part-time resident of the Haverhill Corner
community and a benevolent contributor to the cultural aims and
goals of Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall.

Clegg is also an advocate for combat veterans and met Kearns during
a fundraising effort for veterans held a few years ago in New
Hampshire. Both men have similar goals with the arts and veterans care.

Working hard to put this whole effort together was Court Street Arts at
Alumni Hall Director Keisha Luce. She welcomed the large crowd to
the hall, which was once a school gymnasium and auditorium for nearby
Haverhill Academy and is now a beautifully restored historic building
with near-perfect acoustics.

Prior to the concert, a tapas dinner and cocktail event was held across
Court Street at the former 1805 Grafton Hotel, the home at one time of
the late John Page, the Haverhill Historical Society president for many
years and the former director of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

An interesting side note to the event allowed for The Bridge Weekly to
chat with two women who had followed the musical path of Anthony
Kearns since 2002. They have been at every United States concert and
show Kearns has participated in, they said after the show had concluded here.

It was an enjoyable conversation, they being interested to tell of the
great variety of music style and content Kearns has professionally
developed over the years they have been following him around the
country. They noted that he began his road to stardom in 1993, when
he won a national talent competition, known as “Ireland’s Search
for a Tenor.”

They were serious, they said, about their pursuits of the famous singer;
One woman was from Washington State, the other from Detroit, Michigan
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COURT STREET ARTS
at
ALUMNI HALL
HAVERHILL, NH
SEPTEMBER16, 2017
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