This year’s celebration will tell the story through song, dance and narrative of this fierce Irish woman who devoted herself to community organizing and advancing the rights of workers. She became “a friend to those who had no friend” and said of her self “my address is wherever there is a fight against
oppression”. This remarkable woman helped shape child labor laws that still stand today.
Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir, Soloists Gavin Coyle, Catherine O’Connell, Rod Dixon and Alfreda Burke, Irish Trad band, Liz Carroll, After School Matters Choir, Trinity Irish Dancers, Davon Suttles of Chicago Human Rhythm Project and many more!
Created by Bill Fraher, Director of Concert Choirs, Old St. Patrick’s Church Narration written by Mary Evers.
If you would like to be part of the concert choir please read the information below and contact Bill Fraher at BillF@oldstpats.org.
If you sang in college or high school or have always wanted to sing in a choir, come and join us. If you are a shower singer, a karaoke singer, or a professional singer, come and join us. If you can match pitch and hold pitch against another harmony, come and join us. If you don’t know if you can match pitch, come and try us out. If you sang in one of our concert choirs last year or a few years back, come and join us again.
Our Siamsa Choir begins its rehearsals and audition on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Old St. Patrick’s Hughes Hall from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The auditions will take place at the end of the rehearsal and you need not prepare anything for the audition. If you prefer another time to audition please contact Bill Fraher at BillF@oldstpats.org.
Our Siamsa na nGael program this year is entitled “The Most Dangerous Woman in America: Ireland’s Mother Jones.” Some of the music that will be part of Siamsa na nGael this year are the following: the old gospel spiritual “When the Chariot Comes” paired with “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain;”“Step by Step;” “There Is Power In The Union” paired with “Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile;” “Make Them Hear You;” “Step by Step;” “The Deer’s Cry;” “I Wish I Knew What It Felt Like To Be Free;” Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” with bagpipe band; the old Irish tune “The Rights of Man;” and many others.
Looking forward to meeting you and hearing you!
SIAMSA CHOIR REHEARSAL
Concert: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Symphony Center
- All rehearsals in the church hall unless otherwise nored 7:00-9:00p.m.
First rehearsal/Auditions January 10, 2019
- January 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, 2019
- February 7, 12, 14, 2019
- February 21, 2019 rehearsal in the 625 building
- February 26, 28, 2019
- March 7, 2019
- March 11, Monday, rehearsal in church with everyone
3:00 load in of orchestra Church, Hall, Rectory
Rehearsal and hospitality ends at 10:00p.m
- Two Saturday rehearsals according to availability
- March 12, 2019, Tuesday rehearsal at Symphony Center 4:30 pm