Old St. Patrick's 14th annual Siamsa Na Ngael

March 14, 2010 6:58:09 AM PDT
(News Release) Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 with Celtic Song, Dance, and Story as Old St. Patrick's Church hosts its 14th annual Siamsa na nGael concert, "A Vision for Tomorrow." This year's program celebrates the importance of family and faith as we explore the stories of those who left their homes in Ireland to build schools, churches, hospitals, orphanages and universities here in Chicago. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55 and can be purchased through the Symphony Center Box Office at 312.294.3000 or cso.org

Catherine O'Connell, Chicago's own "Celtic Diva," returns to enchant us with her breathtaking voice. Music of world reknown composers Shaun Davey and Liam Lawton will be peformed as well as arrangements by Chicago's very own Gary Fry and Scott Stevenson.

Guests will enjoy narration by three special guest narrators whose captivating voices will share the story of Ireland's past and visions for tomorrow. The narrators will share the stage with Old St. Pat's 100-voice Concert Choir, Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, a Pipe and Drum Band, and the World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers. A compilation of Irish history, Celtic instruments and Irish dance make for an extraordinarily unforgettable evening in celebration of St. Patrick's Day!

"We are so honored to have such world class talent joining us for this spectacular musical journey," said Fr. Hurley, pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church. Come celebrate the Celtic arts and learn how the church sustained Ireland's visions and dreams to become a place where one's faith was fostered, each mind challenged, and each soul lifted up."

Tickets may be purchased through the Symphony Center Box Office at 312.294.3000 or cso.org

Sponsorship and post reception packages are available by calling 312.831.9355. Proceeds benefit Old St. Patrick's Church. For more information, please visit oldstpats.org

Event chairs for this benefit are Mayor Richard and Maggie Daley and Patrick and Shirley Ryan. Old St. Patrick's Church is proud to work with event sponsors Aer Lingus and the Holiday Inn who have generously contributed to this event.