The Irish Heritage Singers. The name says it all, right? Well, no. There’s much more.

Sharing Ireland’s rich musical heritage is the group’s passion. Pub favorites and folk songs, of course, but also the whimsy of Percy French, the poetry of William Butler Yeats, the rhythmic excitement of Gaelic revival works. And U2. And Enya. And Celtic Woman. Plus the music of such Irish-American composers as Stephen C. Foster and George M. Cohan. The Singers are ambassadors for Irish music, and for the Irish American Heritage Center. And this: Singing is fun.

The weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day are our busiest, but the group performs all year long; at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, at Cantigny in Wheaton, at theaters and libraries throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest and at the Center’s Irish Fest in July. And maybe for you.

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A few words about our music director, Paul Matijevic. Two degrees in piano performance from DePaul University, an alumnus of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the William Ferris Chorale, Bella Voce. A superior musician.  Paul is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists, Chorus America, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

The Irish Heritage Singers: Culture and passion, ambassadors and entertainers. And fun.

Venues where the Singers have performed:

  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL
  • Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL
  • Skokie Theatre – Skokie, IL
  • Taste of Chicago; Guests of the Chieftains
  • Mount Prospect, Poplar Creek, and other area libraries
  • Luther Village and other adult and  assisted living communities
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest
  • Irish Fest at Gaelic Park
  • Arlington Heights, Long Grove, Peoria and other Irish Fests
  • Elmhurst, IL Park District’s Music  Under the Stars Concert Series
  • Hoffman Estates Park District’s Summer Concert Series
  • Numerous St. Patrick’s Day festivities
  • Performances for two Presidents of Ireland
  • National Anthem for Schaumburg Boomers, Kane County Cougars and the Chicago Bulls
  • The Sligo International Choral Festival, Sligo Ireland

IAHS Bulls GameThe group has also sung at numerous masses and weddings and the IAHC’s Christmas and Palm Sunday Masses, and perform music in English, Latin and Irish.

Can the Irish Heritage Singers perform for you? To book a performance, for a CD sampler of their music, or for general inquiries, contact John Mahal, Marketing Director at 847-989-5233 or jmahal846@gmail.com.

2017 Performances

Sunday, March 5-Skokie Theatre, 3pm-This is the Singers’ third performance at this downtown Skokie landmark built in 1912 and renovated into an acoustically perfect concert hall in 2006. www.skokietheatre.com

Thursday, March 9-Luther Village, 7pm-This concert is for the residents and guests of the Luther Village retirement community. www.luthervillage.com

Saturday, March 11-St. Patrick’s Festival, IAHC-1:30pm-The Singers will perform as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center   www.irish-american.org

Sunday, March 12-Avenues to Independence Irish Fest-2pm-Cotillion Banquets-Celebrate Avenue’s 20th annual Irish Fest.  This is a fundraising event to help support the efforts of Avenues to Independence in Park Ridge. www.avenuestoindependence.org or call 847-292-0870

Tuesday, March 14-Mount Prospect Public Library, 7:30pm www.mppl.org – Registration is required

Wednesday, March 15-Poplar Creek Library, 7:30pm www.poplarcreek.lib.il.us/ – Registration is required

Friday, March 17-Des Plaines Public Library, 7pm http://dppl.org/ – Registration is required

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