Old St. Patrick's Welcomes Martin Sheen to the Siamsa na nGael Stage to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Jan 29, 2014, 14:11 ET from Old St. Patrick's Church

This year's Performance: If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews

CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 18th year of Siamsa na nGael, kicks off St. Patrick's Day week in Chicago in a Celtic celebration of song, dance & story. This year, the voice narrating the story is that of award-winning stage and screen great Martin Sheen.  In this years' performance, two great cultural traditions are featured in the program titled, "If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews."  The evening presents world-class Celtic entertainment and will showcase songs of legendary composers and performers whose immigrant families shared stories of survival and hope that ultimately resonated through generations.

Featured performer, singer and musical historian, Mick Moloney's collaboration of music between Irish and Jewish songwriters exudes passions for the American dream through a touching soundtrack: the songs of Tin Pan Alley.  Also to be featured:  Chicago's own Irish Diva Catherine O'Connell, renowned North American tenor soloist Rodrick Dixon, an Irish trad band featuring fiddler Liz Carroll, the world champion Trinity Irish Dancers, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, a 100-voice choir of Old St. Patrick's and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra  

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:30 pm9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Chicago Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

ADMISSION: Tickets ($25 - $55) will go on sale beginning Monday, February 3
To purchase, contact the Symphony Center Box office at 312-294-3000 or www.cso.org. 
Sponsorship and post-performance receptions packages can be purchased by calling 312-831-9355.

WHY: To enjoy a wonderful evening at Symphony Center exploring Irish history, Celtic sounds and Irish Dancers. Proceeds benefit Old St. Patrick's Church.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Available upon request

SPECIAL: www.oldstpats.org/events/celtic-celebration

SOURCE Old St. Patrick's Church