January 22, 2013

 

By Andy Hirsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — During last May's Commencement Celebration, more than 800 people were treated to a one-of-a-kind performance — some of the world's most renowned Irish performers converged on the stage at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts for Bucknell's first-ever Commencement Concert. WVIA's high definition cameras captured the event, and now the special evening of entertainment will make its television debut on the PBS affiliate this Saturday at 9 p.m.

"Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming," stars one of the most successful and sought-after Irish-American music groups of all time. Led by Grammy Award winner Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies has performed thousands of shows around the world. The group has shared the stage and studio with such legendary performers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Chieftains, Pete Seeger and dozens of distinguished orchestras, including the Boston Pops. The group's 14 critically acclaimed albums have earned numerous accolades, including being named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC.

The special television event also features multiple Grammy nominee Maura O'Connell and such accomplished Irish dancers as World Champions Michael Holland, John Jennings and Noelle Curran; U.S. National Champions Joe Dwyer and Cara Butler; and Canadian National Champion John Pilatzke. Curran performed for five years with the Irish dance phenomenon "Riverdance." Colleen Farrell, a lead dancer for "Lord of the Dance," aso will be on hand.

The performers are joined on stage by an 11-piece string ensemble conducted by Bucknell Associate Professor of Music Christopher Para. Songs performed include: "The Boat to Bofin," "Teddy O'Neill," "O'Carolan" Medley," "Cat's Meow Jig," "Maggie," "The Hunt," "Trouble in the Fields," "Longing For Home," "Chair Dance," "Shades of Gloria," "The Old Maids of Galway," "Down By The Salley Gardens," and "Kerry Polka."

Encore presentations of "Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming," are secheduled to air on Sunday, Jan. 27, at noon and again on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. The special television event is scheduled to air on public televison affiliates across the country beginning this spring. Bucknellians interested in encouraging their local stations to air this program can use this contact sheet to identify their  public televison station's contact information.

Contact: Division of Communications

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