GULFSTREAM PARK, Fla., Jan. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stronach Group welcomes internationally-acclaimed tenor Anthony Kearns back to the 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park this weekend in South Florida, to sing "God Bless America" and the National Anthem for the world's richest Thoroughbred horse race, it was announced.
Kearns, a classical singer and member of the double-platinum super-group, The Irish Tenors, said he is thrilled to participate in the record-setting $16 million race that is attracting some of the world's biggest stars in racing and entertainment.
"Performing at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational combines two of my greatest passions: music and horses. I commend The Stronach Group for creating one of the most exciting entertainment events in Thoroughbred racing," said Kearns.
Kearns hails from County Wexford, Ireland -- home of many internationally-known horse-trainers such as Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien, and many great horse breeders, trainers and jockeys. "That's where I first experienced the beauty of horses, the skills of outstanding horse trainers and riders, and, of course, the thrill of the race," said Kearns, who has also performed at the Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Million Classic, and other high-stakes contests.
Now living in the U.S., Mr. Kearns said there are strong ties between the Irish and Americans in horse racing circles and he is proud to support the international racing community on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to singing at high-level racing events, he frequent lends his voice to nonprofit organizations supporting equine health and wellness and charities that pair retired race horses with soldiers suffering from war trauma, such as Saratoga Warhorse in Saratoga, N.Y.
Kearns took the American television audience by storm in 1999 as the youngest member of the wildly popular musical group, The Irish Tenors with whom he has 12 CDs and five PBS specials. Their CDs have gone Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum. American critics hailed Kearns as perhaps the most likely of the three (Irish Tenors) to "achieve the level of tenor super stardom enjoyed by Pavarotti and a handful of other singers."
Mr. Kearns frequently performs at charity concerts, on television, in operas, and with the finest symphony orchestras in the world. He has appeared before U.S. presidents—including George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama—and also for President Ronald Reagan's funeral, a celebration of President John F. Kennedy's Irish roots, and a pre-Mass concert for Pope Francis I. Opera fans may remember him as Don Giovanni's Don Ottavio (Ireland), Carmen's Don José (Ireland), Lucia di Lammermore's Edgardo (United States), and most recently the role of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (United States) and Lismore Opera Festival (Ireland).
Mr. Kearns' appearance was arranged by Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.
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