Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan to perform on St. Patrick’s Day



World-famous Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will perform a concert at8 p.m.March 17 (St. Patricks Day) in the Leighton Concert Hall of theDeBartoloCenterfor the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame.The concert will include performances by country music singer Vince Gill and the Notre Dame Glee Club.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $75 and are available in advance at theDeBartoloCenterticket office or by calling 574-631-2800.

One of the worlds most acclaimed singers and a member of the internationally celebrated Irish Tenors for six years, Tynan left the group last year to pursue a solo career.His self-titled debut solo album was released March 1 and features such classic inspirational songs asAmazing Grace,How Great Thou Art,and popular standardsMan of La ManchaandFrom a Distance.

Tynan, also a motivational speaker with an extraordinary life history, is a double amputee who, between 1981 and 1984, earned 18 gold medals and set 14 world records in the Paralympics.A graduate ofIrelands prestigiousTrinityCollege, Tynan also is a medical doctor specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, and was the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education.

Born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Tynan began studying voice professionally at age 33 during his residency as a physician, and, in less than a year, won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent showGo For It.The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing Competition inMaumarde,France.In 1998, Tynan joined with Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) as the Irish Tenors.His autobiographyHalfway Homewas published in 2001.

Tynan, whose celebrity fan base includes Regis Philbin, Billy Crystal, U2s Bono, Rudolph Giuliani and Barbara Bush, served as the only soloist at the funeral of President Reagan, and is known for his frequent seventh-inning renditions ofGod BlessAmericaatNew Yorks Yankee Stadium.

A special program on Tynan is scheduled to air Thursday (March 10) on ABC televisions Primetime Live.Additional information is available at .

* Contact: * _Laura Moran, DeBartolo Center, 574-631-2731, _

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