In a rare California appearance, Anthony Kearns, founding member of the Irish Tenors, will perform at the Firehouse Arts Center at 3 p.m.Sunday in a special Mother's Day concert.
There is something for every musical taste in the afternoon's program, including songs of Ireland, Broadway and favorite classics. Kearns, who has been dubbed the "Best Irish Tenor" by the Irish Music Association among other honors, noted that it will be a perfect Mother's Day event for everyone.
Kearns will be joined at the piano by fellow Irishman Patrick Healy, who is known as "the Irish Victor Borge."
"Patrick is the real deal," Kearns said. "He's not only a brilliant pianist, he's the comedy relief of the show. When he takes the mic and regales the audience with tales of his 50 years in the business, it leaves folks laughing till the tears come."
"We're traveling troubadours, Paddy and I," Kearns noted. "Our programs are a roller coaster of emotions, from laughter to tears and back again, guaranteed to please."
"I love opera," he said. "Performing with like voices is a challenge and very satisfying. But I love getting back on the road to new locations singing my solo repertoire."
Kearns began his career in 1993 after winning a national competition in Dublin, similar to "America's Got Talent." His Irish Tenors burst upon the international music scene in 1998. They have 10 CDs -- many with gold, platinum and double platinum status -- and they frequently perform in the nation's most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
Kearns is increasingly in demand on international opera stages, and he released his long-awaited debut solo album last year, "With a Song in My Heart."
Reserved seating tickets for the Mother's Day performance are $27-$40. Visit www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848 or go to the box office at 4444 Railroad Ave.