WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns will perform at the pre-Mass Concert at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, PA just prior to the closing Papal Mass on Sun., Sept. 27, 2015.
Kearns' open-air concert will begin at approximately 3:15 p.m. EDT on the Eakins Oval Stage on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, located outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Commenting on his invitation during a CNN interview, Mr. Kearns said, "I feel very privileged to be a part of such an historic event in honor of His Holiness' visit to the United States. It will be an unforgettable experience."
Kearns will be accompanied by David George of Louisville, Kentucky.
The pre-Mass entertainment will begin at 12 Noon and feature music from a lineup of nine artists and groups such as the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and soprano Margaret Keys to prepare viewers for the much anticipated Papal Mass, beginning at 4 p.m.
Event organizers expect more than 1.5 million to attend the Papal Mass.
These performances will be viewed on 40 Jumbotrons across the Francis Festival Grounds. In addition to local, national and international media coverage, it will be live-streamed on the following websites: www.Worldmeeting2015.org and www.archphila.org
Kearns became known to the American television audience as a member of the famous trio, The Irish Tenors, during a powerful tribute to U.S. immigrants, "Live from Ellis Island." A Roman Catholic himself as well as a world-class performer, Kearns has become a frequent headliner at major events in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and other cities.
Among recent performances, he performed for Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Barack Obama, and members of Congress at the 2013 "Friends of Ireland" luncheon, as well as for General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a pre-Inaugural brunch honoring Medal of Honor recipients. Kearns, a native of Ireland, also performed at the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland at Arlington National Cemetery and at the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.
In addition to singing with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Kearns performed at the 2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony in Philadelphia, hosted by former President Bill Clinton, to honor former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair for his work on the Irish peace agreement. He returned to Philadelphia in 2013 to headline the 94th Annual 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kearns was featured in a new book, "Images of America: Catholics in Washington, D.C." by Christina Cox, founder of the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library. The book is a vivid pictorial illustration of the superb efforts of priests, nuns, missionaries, laypersons, political figures and others who have come together to grow the Catholic Church in the nation's capital."
Kearns has also been involved with various charities, including military groups and Wells of Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fresh drinking water wells in Uganda. Kearns serves as the organization's International Ambassador. Recently, after performing at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Gala in New York, Kearns dedicated a Wells of Life Memorial Well in his name for victims of the 9/11 attacks and those who defend freedom around the world. Kearns and Wells of Life also recently dedicated a well to Pope Francis.
Ms. Kirsten Fedewa, Kearns' public relations consultant, said: "I'm very happy to be bringing Anthony Kearns back to Philadelphia in celebration of the Holy Father's historic U.S. visit. This is an exceptional honor for Mr. Kearns, and an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share his inspiring voice with those convening in Philadelphia and around the world."
Kearns is a member of The Irish Tenors, with whom he now has over 10 CDs and five television specials. His new solo CD, "With a Song in My Heart," is available at www.anthonykearnstenor.com.
SOURCE Kirsten Fedewa & Assoc. LLC (on behalf of Anthony Kearns)