Jasper County Concert Association welcomes Cherish the Ladies — a New York-based, all-female ensemble — for a live performance 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Center for Performance inside Newton High School. Non-members of the concert association can purchase tickets at the door for $20.
Cherish the Ladies features a talented group of musicians who specialize in flute/penny whistle, guitar, violin, keyboard and accordion. The band is led by All-Ireland Flute and Whistle Champion Joanie Madden. Formed in 1985, the group has performed around the world, including the White House and the Olympics.
In addition to recording 17 CDs, the group broadcasted “An Irish Homecoming” TV program that aired over PBS and won Cherish the Ladies an Emmy Award. In June 201, Madden was honored with the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor for traditional and folk artists.
Performances by Cherish the Ladies always offer a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. Madden leads the show with great humor and personality, ensuring audiences’ toes will be tapping to a great evening of Irish music.
JCCA is celebrating its 39th season and kicked off its latest concert series in mid-September with Steve Leslie performing How Sweet It Is, a heartwarming tribute to James Taylor. Cherish the Ladies is the second concert of the season. Forever Simon and Garfunkel will perform the third show in March.
Anyone interested in a membership are asked to contact Nancy Schwickerath at 641-521-7046 or mail a check to JCCA, PO Box 1252, Newton, Iowa 50208 for the type of tickets you want. Names and dates of concerts in Indianola and Marshalltown will be printed on your ticket.