All-female Irish ensemble to grace the KCAC stage

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The sound of bagpipes, violins and the enchanting voices of a visiting musical group, Celtic Woman, will fill the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

This concert marks the second year the group has visited Indiana, with its previous performance coming in March 2015. The current group features the vocal talents of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin and Eabha McMahon, and introduces the new Celtic violinist, Tara McNeill, while being accompanied by “a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition,” according to the tour’s Facebook page.

The concert will feature many songs from the group’s forthcoming “Voices of Angels” album, and will contain “all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style,” according to the KCAC event page.

The idea for the group was conceived in Dublin, Ireland, in 2004, with the goal of creating a musical ensemble that featured a selection of classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. According to its website, the first-ever Celtic Woman performance was recorded in 2004 for PBS television at The Helix in Dublin in front of a sold-out audience. It was broadcast in the U.S. on PBS in March 2005.

Commercial success for the group quickly followed. Within weeks, the group’s debut album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s World Music chart and held the top position for 81 weeks, selling more than 1 million copies.

Since those initial performances, the group has embarked on several successful world tours, including numerous visits to the U.S., Australia, China, Japan and South Africa, amongst other countries. The group has also performed for three different U.S. presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama), and has sold more than 10 million CDs and DVDs worldwide.

While the members comprising the group have changed over the last decade or so, one aspect that has remained constant is the group’s dedication to providing an entertaining experience that showcases Celtic culture and heritage.

“The show is a joyful fusion of all things Celtic, from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances,” said Dave Kavanagh, the group’s executive producer. “But it’s also so much more than that. It’s a universal celebration of life. It’s traditional. It’s contemporary. It’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at iuptix.com, the KCAC box office or by phone at 800-514-3849. Ticket prices range from $42 to $102. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m.