Siamsa na nGael ~ Celtic Celebration
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
If It Wasn’t For The Irish and The Jews
Old St. Patrick’s Church proudly celebrates two great cultural traditions at the 18th annual Siamsa na nGael on Wednesday, March 12. This year’s program, “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews” created by Bill Fraher, 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.
The program will be narrated by award winning actor Martin Sheen and feature Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir and Kol Zimrah/Jewish Community Singers along with world champion Trinity Irish Dancers and the “pied piper of Jewish dance” Steven Weintraub. Also on the program will be New York’s Tin Pan Alley musical historian and singer Mick Moloney, Chicago’s own Irish Diva Catherine O’Connell, critically acclaimed vocalist Rodrick Dixon, Irish tenor Gavin Coyle, and Cantor Arik Luck . Metropolis Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Maxwell St. Klezmer Band along with Irish trad players Liz Carroll, Jimmy Moore, Jackie Moran, Sean Ryan, and John Williams. This is sure to make for a one of a kind extraordinary evening of story, music, and dance in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Come and join us. Post performance and sponsorship packages are available by calling 312 831-9355.
Metropolis Symphony Orchestra
Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir
Kol Zimrah/Jewish Community Singers
Gavin Coyle, Rodrick Dixon, Sari Greenberg, Arik Luck, Mick Moloney and Catherine O'Connell
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
creator and artistic director