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‘Celtic Thunder’ tenor to sing benefit concert May 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Principal vocalist for “Celtic Thunder” and solo standout Irish tenor Emmet Cahill is returning here this May as part of his North American tour to promote his new album, “Blessings of Music.”

Classically trained in opera at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Cahill was recognized as “Tenor of the Year” by the Irish Music Association and has won multiple classical competitions throughout Ireland. Cahill has served as the principal vocalist for the world-renowned Irish music show “Celtic Thunder” since 2011.

In 2015, Cahill added “solo artist” to his list of achievements. In 2017, he recorded his No. 1 world music album “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland,” accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and offering the best of  traditional Irish repertoire. He then went on to perform to a sellout crowd at Carnegie Hall in 2018 and on a 75-city tour for “Celtic Thunder X,” the group’s 10th anniversary show.  

In addition to performing selections from his albums, Cahill will also sing well-known Broadway standards, nostalgic favorites, beloved church hymns and operatic arias.   

“I’ve always had a wonderful time visiting Kansas City on my tours,” said Cahill. “I can’t wait to come back and see everyone again. The church has stunning acoustics, and we’ll create a special atmosphere on the night.  I’ll also be asking the audience to sing along with me — so have those voices ready and warmed up!”

Cahill will perform at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 416 W. 12th St. in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 – $45 and may be purchased online at: or at the door.  

For a 10% discount on online tickets, use the code IRISHTENOR19at checkout. To sample Cahill’s music, go online to: proceeds will benefit the liturgical and outreach ministries of the cathedral.

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The Leaven

The Leaven is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

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