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“A Polish Holiday! Carols, Song and Dance” in Detroit and Buffalo

The acclaimed Lira Ensemble of Chicago returns to Detroit and Buffalo with a new production, A Polish Holiday! Carols, Song and Dance.

The acclaimed Lira Ensemble of Chicago returns to Detroit and Buffalo with a new production, “A Polish Holiday! Carols, Song and Dance.”

Friday, December 8, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Warren Woods Community Auditorium
East 12 Mile Rd., Warren, Michigan
Tickets available from the Lira Ensemble at (773) 508-7040 or 1-800-547-LIRA,
or visit www.liraensemble.org.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts
SUNY at Buffalo (North Campus)
103 Center for the Arts, Buffalo, N.Y.
Buffalo tickets may be purchased by visiting www.ubcfa.org, by calling the box office at (716) 645-ARTS,
or through Ticket Fly (877) -987-6487.

CHICAGO — The renowned Lira Singers, Dancers, and the Lira Chamber Players, will travel east for two performances of “A Polish Holiday! Carols, Song and Dance.”

The new production includes beautiful Polish and American carols, music of major Polish composers, and an entire act of Polish folk song and dance, presented with multiple changes of authentic and colorful Polish regional folk attire.

This year, to honor International Kosciuszko Year in 2017, Lira will present patriotic music, including a medley of songs from the revolution Thadeusz Kosciusko led against the Russian occupation of Poland. This year, UNESCO is paying tribute to Kosciuszko because, during his lifetime, he was known internationally as a dedicated freedom fighter.

The Lira Singers will be conducted by Mina Zikri. Born in Egypt, Zikri is an accomplished violinist who has been a standing member of Daniel Barenboim’s West Eastern Divan Orchestra since 1999. He is a guest conductor for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in his native Egypt. He has also played with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Lira’s choreographer and dance director is Iwona Puc, who trained and performed in Poland before continuing her career as a choreographer in the United States.

As with all Lira performances, the concert will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala, artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble. She will share some Polish holiday customs, and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.

The Lira Company has been artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago since 1995. The Ensemble is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song, and dance. Lira’s mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, the Lira Society-Group 816 of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America, the Polish American Journal, and with financial support from the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, and the Kochton Foundation.

Both theaters have free adjacent parking. The theaters open at 7:00 p.m. for the concert. Lira recordings will be available for purchase in the lobby at discount prices.

Tickets for “A Polish Holiday! Carols, Song, and Dance” are reasonably priced, so that families can attend (from $35.00 to $55.00), with discounts for groups of 20 or more, and half price tickets for children under age 16 in all price ranges.

The Lira Ensemble of Chicago is a not-for-profit organization. To learn more, write, call, or visit: 6525 North Sheridan Rd., CH-052, Chicago, IL 60626; (773) 508-7040; www.liraensemble.org.


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