Saturday, December 2nd Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Kupferberg Center for the Arts proudly presents Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas, a heartwarming celebration of Irish culture and holiday joy on Saturday, December 2, 2023. The evening promises to enchant audiences with the captivating sounds and spirited dance of this Grammy-nominated, Irish-American supergroup.
One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish the Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for nearly four decades. Emerging in 1985 to pay tribute to the remarkable women who emerged as musical pioneers in the male-dominated Irish music scene, they have been captivating audiences with their extraordinary talent, exuberant performances, and critical acclaim ever since. The Boston Globe aptly describes the ensemble, stating, “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do. “The Ladies have traveled the globe, shared their music at the White House and the Olympics, and produced 17 critically acclaimed albums. Their Emmy-winning special, “An Irish Homecoming,” was broadcast on PBS and added to their long list of accolades.
Joanie Madden. Led by the remarkable Joanie Madden, an All-Ireland flute and whistle champion and one of the 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter-century according to The Irish Voice Newspaper, Cherish the Ladies is a spectacle to behold. Their performances are a mesmerizing fusion of virtuosic instrumental talents, enchanting vocals, captivating arrangements, and mesmerizing step dancing. They beautifully showcase the best of Irish traditional music and dance in an immensely entertaining show that continues to win hearts and awards around the world. The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” while the Washington Post applauds their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” Cherish the Ladies has been named the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and recognized as the Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards. Their impact is so profound that a street in the Bronx proudly bears their name. With collaborations that span from The Boston Pops to Pete Seeger and more, and featured solo performances with over 280 symphony orchestras, Cherish the Ladies’ unique and historic musical journey knows no bounds. Their music is more than entertainment; it is a celebration of culture, heritage, and artistry that leaves an indelible mark. Cherish the Ladies invites you to join them in celebrating the holidays in style, immersed in a rich tapestry of Celtic traditions. In their Celtic Christmas program, the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols, such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night,” in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. Their dedication to their craft, immense talent, and boundless enthusiasm promise an unforgettable evening filled with merriment and joy. The lineup coming along to get you in the spirit is Joanie Madden (flute, whistles, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar), Mirella Murray (accordion), Nollaig Casey (fiddle), Kathleen Boyle and Gabriel Donohue (piano, harmony vocals), Kate Purcell (vocals and guitar), and Don Stiffe(lead vocals, guitar). The performance also features John Madden and Cheryl Prashker (sharing the percussion role) and outstanding dancing from Noel Spillane, Nathan Pilatzke, and Tyler Schwarz. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, located on the Queens College campus in Flushing.
Irish America readers can receive a 20% discount on advanced ticket purchases when they use the code “IRISH” to purchase tickets.
Tickets are priced between $30 and $40, and can be purchased at the Kupferberg Center website or KCA Box Office at (718) 793-8080.
Event Details: Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 2
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: LeFrak Concert Hall
Address: 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY