Irish Heritage Singers

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The Irish Heritage Singers performance schedule is coming soon.

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

Sharing Ireland’s rich musical heritage is the group’s passion. Pub favorites and folk songs, of course, and 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 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.

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

The group has also sung at numerous masses and weddings and the IAHC’s Christmas and Palm Sunday Masses and performed 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 general inquiries, contact John Mahal, Marketing Director, at 847-989-5233 or jmahal846@gmail.com.

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The vision of the Irish Heritage Singers is to preserve, perform and bring to life the cultural heritage of Irish music to the Chicago community and wherever the spirit of the Irish is present and to be cultural and artistic ambassadors of the IAHC.

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, a group of individuals began to sing Irish songs together, meeting regularly at the IAHC. In 1985, the Irish American Heritage Singers Choral Group was formed under the auspices of the Center. Between 1985 and 1999, the group grew to a membership of 22 and began, under their new directors, to broaden their repertoire to include pieces involving four-part harmony. In 1996, the group changed its name to the Irish Heritage Singers.

Since 2000, the group has grown to approximately 45 members of all ages and increased its visibility through its numerous public performances. The Singers perform traditional Irish and Irish American music including songs as well as music by contemporary Irish choral composers. To date, the Irish Heritage Singers is one of the very few Irish/Irish American choral ensembles in the United States.

The Irish Heritage Singers perform on Saturday, July 13 at 12:30pm on the Main Stage.

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The vision of the Irish Heritage Singers is to preserve, perform and bring to life the cultural heritage of Irish music to the Chicago community and wherever the spirit of the Irish is present and to be cultural and artistic ambassadors of the IAHC.

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, a group of individuals began to sing Irish songs together, meeting regularly at the IAHC. In 1985, the Irish American Heritage Singers Choral Group was formed under the auspices of the Center. Between 1985 and 1999, the group grew to a membership of 22 and began, under their new directors, to broaden their repertoire to include pieces involving four-part harmony.

In 1996, the group changed its name to the Irish Heritage Singers. Since 2000, the group has grown to approximately 45 members of all ages and increased its visibility through its numerous public performances. The Singers perform traditional Irish and Irish-American music including songs as well as music by contemporary Irish choral composers. To date, the Irish Heritage Singers is one of the very few Irish/Irish American choral ensembles in the United States.

The Irish Heritage Singers perform on Saturday July 7th at 12:30pm on Main Stage.

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