Siamsa na nGael - Celtic Celebration
Monday, March 11, 2013
Siamsa na nGael has become a well-known and anticipated event in Chicago, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by presenting unique, world-class Celtic entertainment. The 2013 Siamsa na nGael’s will showcase some of the finest Celtic artists in Chicago and throughout the world.
This extraordinary evening will include inspirational songs, dance and stories narrated by Carol Marin and brought to life by the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Choir, Trinity Irish Dancers, Soul Children of Chicago, vocal and instrumental soloists, special guest narrators and much more!
Responding to heartfelt popular acclaim for Journey to Justice, last year’s Siamsa na nGael concert, we broaden the story of our Irish-American history. We set the stage with a new work by composer Scott Stevenson based on the familiar Irish tune The Minstrel Boy and moving into The Battle Cry for Freedom and other Civil War music. We drop back in history recalling in a fresh way, the single-minded devotion of Ireland’s Liberator Daniel O’Connell to strive for justice and freedom for all people both in his native Ireland and beyond the borders of the island.
We return to the story of America’s beloved Frederick Douglass and bring to light how he put to practice what was modeled for him by O’Connell – a relentless agitating for the rights of all marginalized peoples—slaves, women, children, the poor, and the uneducated. Highlighted will be Frederick Douglass’s close association with Lincoln. We introduce the legendary Irish Brigade showcasing the Irish Legion that was formed at St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago under the leadership of Fr. Denis Dunne, its pastor, and we follow them to their final return to St. Patrick’s at the war’s end.
The immortal words of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation echoed in the 13th Amendment and the Gettysburg Address (heard in this year’s concert) ring out as clearly today as when they were delivered 150 years ago challenging us to stand up for the rights of all people and to reach across the borders of religion, race, and social status to create the world we wish to see.
guitar, tin whistles
Soul Children of Chicago Choir
Acclaimed Journalist Carol Marin