Monday, March 10, 2014

Celtic Celebration, Siamsa na nGael

Celebrated as the kick-off to St. Patrick’s Day week, Siamsa na nGael, presents world-class Celtic entertainment that includes a full symphony orchestra, 100-voice choir, guest narrators and the Trinity Irish Dancers.
If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews
narrated by Martin Sheen
Wednesday, March 12
7:30 p.m.
Symphony Center in Chicago
Tickets available through Symphony Center Box Office by phone at 312-294-3000 or online by clicking here.
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Old St. Patrick's Church proudly celebrates two great cultural traditions at the 18th annual Siamsa na nGael. This year's program, "If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews," showcases the songs of legendary composers and performers whose immigrant families shared stories of survival and hope that resonated through generations. Whether they were running from famine in Ireland or pogroms in Eastern Europe, their passions for the American dream were expressed in the universal language of music with a fascinating soundtrack: the songs of Tin Pan Alley.
Narrated by award winning actor Martin Sheen and featuring singer and musical historian Mick Moloney, whose collaboration of music between Irish and Jewish songwriters celebrates this joyous and creative era in American popular song, vocalists Catherine O'Connell, Rodrick Dixon and Gavin Coyle, an Irish trad band featuring world renowned fiddler Liz Carroll, the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick's 100-voice Concert Choir, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Cantor Arik Luck, Kol Zimrah/the Jewish Community Singers and the World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers. This is sure to make for an extraordinarily unforgettable evening.

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