Noted Irish soprano will give two concerts

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CARTHAGE — Multiple award-winning Irish soprano Emma Kate Tobia will give two concerts on Thursday and Friday, March 18-19. Initially embraced by the New York Irish-American community, she is breaking out nationally with her CD, “Aisling na nGael (An Irish Dream).”

That debut album, a combination of classical and traditional songs, is getting radio airplay across the United States.

Normally sung a cappella, songs on this album are, instead, presented in rich orchestral arrangements with violin and piano. Some are sung in the Irish language. Featured are songs “Róisín Dubh the Coolin,” “Fill Fill, a Rún Ó,” “Spanish Lady” and “Carraigdhoun.”

At her concerts, Tobia will also sing such favorites as “Danny Boy” and “Kerry Dances.”

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Emma-Kate will be accompanied by violinist and Dublin native Gregory Harrington at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Thursday and at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Friday.

Harrington has performed as a soloist worldwide from Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York to venues in New Zealand. His debut CD, “Reflections,” received critical acclaim in the press with comparisons made to legendary violinist Ithzak Perlman in Newsweek magazine. 

Tobia will also be accompanied by pianist Isabelle O’Connell of Ireland, whose career has taken her across four continents. The recipient of multiple awards, O’Connell was the second Irish pianist to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m., with preshow jam sessions at 6:15 p.m.

Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in Carthage. UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469.

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