CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns returns to Chicago to perform at the 2015 BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Sat., Nov. 21, 2015 at approximately 6:15 p.m. CT. The hour-long live program will be broadcasted by ABC 7 Chicago.
Featuring beloved characters from the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, musical performances, fireworks, and more than a million twinkling lights along North Michigan Avenue, the special will showcase the country's largest evening holiday celebration and will be aired nationally throughout December 2015.
"The Lights Festival is a wonderful opportunity for us to help kick off the holiday season for our community," said Justine Fedak, SVP, Marketing, BMO Harris Bank. "For the tenth consecutive year, our BMO volunteers are thrilled to be people first and bankers second, sharing in the magic along The Magnificent Mile and helping to create special holiday memories for everyone who attends the Lights Festival. We're so excited to have amazing performers, including the talented Anthony Kearns, joining us this year."
"I am looking forward to performing at such a spectacular and festive event on Chicago's Magnificent Mile to Lake Michigan, in celebration of the holiday season," said Mr. Kearns.
Marking the 24th anniversary of the festival, the Lights Festival will air on ABC 7 Chicago at 6 pm, will stream live on Watch ABC, and be available on demand at abc7chicago.com. Encore broadcasts will also air Sun., Dec. 13 at 1p.m. local and Sun, Dec. 20 at 2 pm local on ABC 7 Chicago.
Mr. Kearns said he expects to enjoy the uplifting sights of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, straight from Walt Disney World Resort, as well as special performances from Million Dollar Quartet, pop duo The Girl and The Dreamcatcher featuring Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan among others.
Kearns is a member of the famous PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors, with whom he has 10 best-selling CDs – including their 2003 album, "We Three Kings," and the 2009 album, "Christmas" – and at least five television specials. Two years ago, Kearns sang "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" on the Fox News Network's popular show, "Huckabee," to launch the holiday season.
Kearns will be returning to Chicago after previous performances at many concert venues such as the Rosemount Theatre with Linda Ronstadt and the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra. Last year, Kearns was the featured entertainer at the 113th Annual St. Patrick's Day Banquet hosted by the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago on March 14, 2014 honoring Chicago Blackhawks CEO John McDonough, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others. The event, hosted by one of the city's oldest and most respected Irish organizations, drew hundreds of attendees.
Kearns released his first solo CD, "With a Song in My Heart," in fall 2013 and has made several television appearances since, including last year's National Memorial Day Concert (live on PBS for 10 million viewers.)
Mr. Kearns frequently performs on television, and with the finest symphony orchestras, in opera, and many corporate and charitable events each year. He has had the honor to sing for three U.S. Presidents, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Medal of Honor recipients – and most recently, at the pre-Mass concert in honor of Pope Francis in Philadelphia.
"With his beautiful voice and enormous talent, Anthony Kearns is the perfect performer to launch the holiday season in Chicago – and bring holiday cheer to the program's national television audience," said Kirsten Fedewa, Mr. Kearns' publicist.
Ms. Fedewa said ABC 7 is the most watched television station in the city and throughout the holiday season, the special will also air nationally via syndication. The Lights Festival will air in 93% of markets around the United States throughout the holiday season, with repeat airings in multiple markets. Viewers can find their local broadcast times at TheMagnificentMile.com or check their local listings to relive the magic.
Anthony Kearns' appearance was arranged by Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.
For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.themagnificentmile.com/events/lights-festival/
To request a media interview or for more information about Anthony Kearns, contact: Kirsten Fedewa (on behalf of Anthony Kearns): 202.365.6936 / [email protected].
SOURCE Kirsten Fedewa (on behalf of Anthony Kearns)