The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops Presents A ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION WITH CHERISH THE LADIES, 3/14-16
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops presents A St. Patrick's Day Celebration with Cherish the Ladies on March 14-16, 2014, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Led by guest conductor Michael Krajewski, the Celtic celebration includes music of the Emerald Isle from the all-female traditional Irish music and dance ensemble, Cherish the Ladies.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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 a once male-dominated scene. The troupe initially won recognition as the first all-women traditional music and dance ensemble, but they soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer and have since won many thousands of fans. Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles, they have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation and are the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music.
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 Ladies have recorded fifteen highly acclaimed albums, which were all released to rave reviews, including their Christmas album, "On Christmas Night," which was chosen as a top Christmas album by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Village Voice, and many others. The "Celtic Album," a collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony, led to a Grammy nomination. The group members are Joanie Madden, flute, whistle, and vocal; Mary Coogan, guitar, mandolin, and banjo; Mirella Murray, piano and accordion; Grainne Murphy, fiddle; and Kathleen Boyle, piano.
Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought-after conductor of symphonic pops. He is the principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony, Jacksonville and Atlanta symphony orchestras, and the newly-appointed music director of the Philly Pops. As a guest conductor, Michael has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, Boston and Cincinnati pops, and numerous other orchestras. In Canada, he has led Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and Edmonton and Toronto symphony orchestras. International appearances include Hong Kong Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.