St. Patrick’s Day will celebrated a few days longer at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., where Irish soprano extraordinaire Emma Kate Tobia will perform Friday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Born in Scotland of Irish/Italian parents and now living in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, Tobia has studied music in the Cork School of Music and with Veronica Dunne in the Leinster School of Music in Dublin. She also has participated in numerous master classes in London and Vienna; and has won many competitions including the Lieder Cup, the Duhallow award and the Margaret Dillon award. Her operatic roles include Frasquita in “Carmen,” Valencienne in “The Merry Widow,” The Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and Kate Pinkerton in “Madame Butterfly.” Light opera roles include as Julie in “Showboat” and Sister Margaretta in “The Sound of Music.”

Tobia has performed at various arts festivals around Ireland. Her summer concerts in Kinsale of Irish traditional and classical music led to her debut U.S. album “Aisling na nGael (An Irish Dream).” Initially embraced by the New York Irish-American community, Tobia is breaking out nationally with the CD, which is getting radio airplay across the country. Tobia is coming to Maine after making appearances at events surrounding the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She will be accompanied by renowned violinist and Dublin native Gregory Harrington and Isabelle O’Connell, one of Ireland’s most successful pianists.

Continuing in the Celtic music vein, Cape Breton musicians Troy MacGillivray and Kimberly Fraser will perform Thursday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to