Saturday, November 7, 2009

The First All-Woman Irish Ensemble

The First All-Woman Irish Ensemble,

Cherish the Ladies will be performing a Blend of

Traditional Irish Music and Step Dance

Sunday, November 22, 2009 – 2:00 p.m.

For nearly two decades, the name of a time honored Irish traditional jig has become synonymous with the name of one of the most engaging ensembles in Irish music—Cherish the Ladies. Originally organized by folklorist/musician Mick Moloney for a one-time concert in the early 1990s, Cherish the Ladies has captivated audiences with their talent and presence ever since. With their dedication and rising popularity, the Ladies found themselves sponsored by the Ethnic Folk Arts Center and the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a critically acclaimed concert series set to feature rising female stars in the world of Irish traditional music. Cherish the Ladies will be performing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and range from $20 - $30.

Combining musical arrangements with step dancers, Cherish the Ladies puts on shows filled with upbeat dance numbers and soothing, traditional Irish ballads, making their debut album, The Back Door, an instant success in 1992. The group has 10 critically acclaimed albums to its name, including 2004’s Christmas Night, one of the highest selling Celtic Christmas CDs of all time. Most recently, Cherish the Ladies released 2005’s Woman of the House featuring Celtic singer/songwriters Sharon Shannon, Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, Phil Cunningham, Kate Rusby, and Eddie Reader.

Boasting shared stage time with such major recording artists as James Taylor, Joan Baez, and Emmylou Harris, these women are also highly sought out for studio work as evidenced by a Grammy nomination for their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony on 1999’s, Celtic Album. Cherish The Ladies acquired national recognition when they represented Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad for the summer Olympics in Atlanta.

To purchase tickets, call the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 301-600-2828 or online at www.weinbergcenter.org

The Weinberg Center for the Arts, a municipal facility of the City of Frederick, is located at 20 West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The historic theatre opened in 1926 as the Tivoli, and was donated to the City of Frederick in 1978. Today as one of the region’s premier presenting facilities, the 1,200 seat Weinberg Center offers professional LIVE! Series, including dance, music, theatre, family performances and films, weekday performances for students, and classic movies. Performance space and professional services are available to a variety of community arts groups, civic and business organizations, and other arts promoters. Programming at the Weinberg Center for the Arts is made possible with support from the City of Frederick, Frederick County Government, Maryland State Arts Council, Frederick Arts Council, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Frederick News-Post, Bank of America Foundation, The Plamondon Companies and other corporate and individual donors. For more information about upcoming events at the Weinberg Center, please call the Box Office at 301-600-2828 or visit www.weinbergcenter.org.

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