Please join of for the Celtic Celebration ~ Siamsa na Gael, performing “A Bridge Over the Troubles: The Peacemakers” on Tuesday, March 14 at the Symphony Center at 7:30 pm.
A BRIDGE OVER THE TROUBLES: THE PEACEMAKERS
By Bill Fraher and Mary Pat Kelly
Come and join us as we tell the story of the peace work and process in N. Ireland that led to the signing of the Good Friday Peace Accord on April 10, 1998; and as we celebrate the 80th birthday of the man responsible for that peace process – John Hume, winner of not only the Nobel Peace Prize but also the Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. awards.
Our narrator for the evening of music and dance will be Senator George Mitchell, who along with President Bill Clinton, joined and worked with Mr. Hume to bring peace to a part of the world that was considered at that time the most intractable of situations ever.
Senator Mitchell will be joined on the stage with soloists Gavin Coyle, Catherine O’Connell, Jared Dixon and Beverly O’Regan Thiele; Irish Trinity Dance; Old St. Pat’s Concert Choir; Metropolis Symphony Orchestra; and an Irish trad band.
The concert will again be at Chicago’s Symphony Center on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:30P.M. Tickets will be available at the CSO box office beginning February 1, 2017 and sponsorship packages and post performance reception tickets will be available by contacting Sheila Greifhahn at Old St. Patrick’s Church at SheilaG@oldstpats.org.
If you would like to be part of the concert choir please contact Bill Fraher at BillF@oldstpats.org.
Come and join the Siamsa Concert Choir!
Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Old St. Patrick’s Church Hall from 7:00-9:15 P.M.
Auditions for new members will take place after the first rehearsal.
Whether you are a shower singer or a professional singer, a karaoke singer or a choir singer, chances are there is a place for you in our dedicated, fun loving choir that works hard to make wonderful and inspiring music together.
Some of the music we will be performing this year are a Gary Fry arrangement of “A Bridge Over Troubled Water”, one of Ireland’s national anthems; some Liam Lawton music; Scott Stevenson’s “Hymn of Unity” based on John Hume’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech; “Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile” by O’Suilleabhain, Rianin, and Gary Fry; “The Town I Loved So Well”; and a few others.
For further information or questions please contact the Siamsa director Bill Fraher at 312 831-9353 or BillF@oldstpats.org.
Below is the rehearsal schedule. Most of them will be in the church hall.
January 10, 12, 17, 25 | 7:00-9:15 P.M.
February 7, 9, 14, 21, 23, 28 | 7:00-9:15 P.M.
March 7, 9 | 7:00-9:15 P.M.
March 13 | 6:45-9:30 P.M.
March 14 | 4:30 P.M. call at Symphony Center