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Free Concert of Marian Music by the Lira Ensemble in Chicago, IL

8/23/2007 - 12:00 AM PST

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 23, 2007 - The Lira Singers, the female ensemble that specializes in Polish music, and the Lira String Quartet, will perform a concert of Polish and American Marian hymns at 3pm, Sunday, September 9, 2007 at The Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy/ St. Stanislaus Kostka Church - followed by a reception and open house at the parish rectory.

The architecturally interesting church is at 1300 North Noble in Chicago, just west of the Kennedy Expressway. Exit the JFK at Division Street, go west for one block and turn right at Noble Street.

Admission is free to both the concert and reception; a free will collection will be taken.

The concert will feature traditional as well as new hymns dedicated to the Virgin Mary in both Polish and English. The treasury of Polish music includes a large collection of hymns to Mary, who is patron saint of the Polish nation. The Lira Singers are famous for their interpretation of such hymns and Lira has commissioned several Marian hymns in both Polish and English, which will be part of the program on September 9th.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is the mother church of Polish Americans in the Chicago area. It was the first parish established by Polish immigrants in Chicago. The church has just been designated as the archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, the worldwide prayer movement that was begun by the Polish nun who was recently canonized as St. Faustina.

The Reverend Anthony Bus, pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, invites all to attend this event which he scheduled as a celebration of the Birth of the Virgin Mary which is celebrated in September. He sends an especially heartfelt invitation to former parishioners and Polish-Americans whose parents or grandparents were baptized or married at St. Stan's. Father Bus notes that the open house following the concert offers an unusual opportunity to see a "sanctuary in the making," since the pubic will be allowed to visit the attic studio where a 9 foot iconic monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign is being sculpted.

The Lira Singers and Lira String Quartet are part of the Lira Ensemble, the nation's only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. The ensemble is based at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago as artist-in-residence.

Lucyna Migala, co-founder, artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble, will narrate the concert. One of Lira's two distinguished conductors, Philip Seward, will conduct the performance which includes several of his own works and arrangements.

Admission is free for the September 9th concert of Polish and American Marian hymns and parish open house. The concert is funded in part by The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the CityArts Program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. More information about the event is available by calling the Lira Ensemble at 773-508-7040 or St. Stanislaus Kosta Parish at 773-278-2470.

Contact: Lucyna Migala 773-508-7040


The Lira Ensemble  IL,  US
Marisha Rosenski - Sales and Office Manager, 773 508-7040


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