Siamsa na nGael - Celtic Celebration

Mar 6

7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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 2018 Siamsa na nGael’s will showcase some of the finest Celtic artists in Chicago and throughout the world. 

The performance will tell the story of two slave liberators: an Irishman named Daniel “the Liberator” O’Connell and a slave turned liberator named Frederick Douglass, who joined forces to become “drum majors for justice.” They developed a strong friendship and traveled together around Ireland speaking out against injustice and oppression in all its forms. During this evening’s performance we will look at their life stories to better understand how we can strive to wipe out injustice, oppression, and slavery in our present world. 

The story of this unique and powerful friendship will be told through story, music, and dance. The tales will be narrated and celebrated through performances by soloist Alfreda Burke, Gavin Coyle; Chicago’s own Irish diva Catherine O’Connell; renowned tenor soloist Rodrick Dixon; by the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, the 100-voice Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir, the step dancing of the Trinity Irish Dancers, the Irish Trad Band, the After School Matters singers, special guest narrators and many more.

Tickets are $30-$60 and are sold through the Symphony Center Box Office at 312-294-3000 or beginning January 29th. Post performance and sponsorship packages are available by calling 312-798-2348.


Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir
Stephen Alltop conductor

Alfreda Burke, Gavin Coyle, Roderick Dixon, Catherine O’Connell vocals
Jimmy Moore guitar, tin whistles
Liz Carroll fiddle
Sean Ryan uilleann pipes
John Williams accordion, concertina

Trinity Irish Dancers and Davon Suttles

Chicago Human Rhythm Project