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February 9, 2015
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"Cherish the Ladies has been a leading group in the Irish traditional world for more than a decade…it is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do." 
— The Boston Globe


Par Neiburger, Artistic Director

concludes the 2014-15 edition of


30th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

The all-female Irish-American ensemble returns to their New York home
for a one-night anniversary concert that reunites them with 
former members and longtime collaborators

Special Guests Include:
Liz Carroll • Maura O’Connell • Siobhan Egan • Marie Reilly
Aoife Clancy • Donna Long • Deirdre Connolly

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Tickets: $35-$45; WMI Friends: $30-$40; Bring a Kid: $5
“Expands the annals of Irish music in America
… the music is passioniate, tender, and rambunctious.”

— The New York Times
The World Music Institute concludes its 2014-15 Around the World, Around the City series with Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Peter Norton Symphony Space.

The all-women’s Irish-American music sensation, Cherish the Ladies, celebrates its 30th anniversary. What began as a concert series organized by folklorist/musician Mick Moloney in 1985 has developed into one of the most successful touring ensembles in Celtic music, renowned for its virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step-dancing.

Over the past three decades, the band has toured the world, performed at the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 15 outstanding albums, the last of which was made into a Public TV special, An Irish Homecoming.

Joining the group for the anniversary are members and longtime collaborators, including two-time Grammy nominated vocalist Maura O’Connell, National Heritage Award winning fiddler Liz CarrollSiobhan EganMarie ReillyAoife ClancyDonna LongDeidre Connolly, multiple Irish dancers, and the original group organizer Mick Maloney.


Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies initially began in 1985 with a series of concerts celebrating the rise of female musicians in once a male dominated scene. The concerts were held in New York City and organized by Dr. Mick Moloney and the Ethnic Folk Arts Center. The group eventually became one of the most successful and sought after Irish-American groups in Celtic music.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles, Cherish the Ladies was recently named one of the top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century.

Past years have seen the group tour North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, China, Australia, and New Zealand. They are equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra, a performing arts center, a folk festival or even the White House.

During their travels, they have attained numerous awards and achievements including Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland, and Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radio's "Thistle and Shamrock" program. In 2010, the ladies were immortalized as they were bestowed a street naming as "Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies" became a permanent street sign on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York.

They have shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens of symphony orchestras. The "Celtic Album," their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony, led to a Grammy nomination. A recent release, "Country Crossroads," sees Cherish the Ladies join forces with the Nashville music scene.

The Ladies have recorded fifteen highly acclaimed albums, including their Christmas Album "On Christmas Night," which was chosen as one of the top Christmas Albums of the Year by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Village Voice and many other outlets. They have appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Evening at Pops, C-Span, PBS, National Public Radio, and BBC and RTE radio and television overseas. At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad.


Tickets for all World Music Institute events are available for purchase online at, by calling (212) 545-7536, or in person at the WMI Box Office at 101 Lafayette Street, #801.

Student and group discounts are available, as are VIP tickets for select events. Discounts are also available for WMI Friends with memberships starting at $70. WMI Friends enjoy priority seating throughout the season.


"a widely copied and influential force in New York cultural circles."
— The New York Times

World Music Institute is a not-for-profit concert presenting organization founded in 1985 by Robert and Helene Browning and dedicated to the presentation of the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world.

WMI encourages cultural exchange between nations and ethnic groups and collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding of the world’s cultural traditions. WMI works extensively with community groups and organizations including Indian, Iranian, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Hungarian, Irish, and Central Asian. This has enabled it to be at the forefront of planning and presenting the finest ensembles from these countries.

WMI presents a full season of concerts each year in New York City, and arranges national tours by visiting musicians from abroad, as well as US-based artists. WMI’s accomplishments and expertise in its field are recognized by major institutions throughout the US and internationally.

WMI has brought many musical, dance and ritual traditions to the New York stage for the first time, including Laotian sung poetry, folk music of Khorason and Bushehr (Iran), songs of the Yemenite Jews, Bardic divas of Central Asia, trance ceremonies from Morocco, music from Madagascar, and Theyyams (masked dances) of Kerala, South India. Many artists have been given their U.S. or New York debuts by WMI.

Upcoming Events

Tickets available online at,
by calling (212) 545-7536, and at the WMI Box Office (101 Lafayette Street, #801)
Subscription, student, and group discounts available
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7 p.m.
Echoes of the Divine:
Jewish Women's Voices

Thalia Theater, Symphony Space
Global Salon
$30 Public, $25 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8 p.m.
Cherish the Ladies
Symphony Space
Around the World, Around the City
$35-45 Public, $30-40 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 p.m.
Gregorio Uribe Big Band
World to Brooklyn
$25 Public, $20 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8 p.m.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan
Symphony Space
Masters of Indian Music and Dance
$35 Public, $30 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7 p.m.
Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Thalia Theater, Symphony Space
Global Salon
$30 Public, $25 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Friday, April 24, 2015
Roma Fest:
Esma Redžepova

Le Poisson Rouge
$25 Public • $20 WMI Friends

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 7 p.m.
Dancing the Gods
NYU Skirball Center
$35-$40 Public, $30-$35 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 p.m.
Boukman Eksperyans
World to Brooklyn
$25 Public, $20 WMI Friends, $5 Bring a Kid

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8 p.m.
Tagore Festival
with Rizwana Chowdhury

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space
$35-$40 Public, $30-$35 WMI Friends
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