Titled “You Raise me up,” the benefit concert is inspired by Irish music and culture.
The evening will feature music by the adult choir of St. Patrick Parish, as well as the St. Patrick School children’s choir. The men’s choir from Pius X High School in Lincoln will perform, as well as Sotto Voce, Pius X High School’s mixed a cappella choir.
More Pius X students will sing in Spontaneous Chordbustin’, a barbershop quintet, and with a small ensemble from the Lincoln Continentals, a men’s barbershop chorus in Lincoln.
The St. Patrick festival chamber orchestra will also perform.
Admission is free, but free-will donations will be accepted to benefit the parish music program. The funds will be used to purchase music and other essential items for the music ministry.
The concert will kick off several days of celebration in honor of the parish’s patron saint. Bishop James Conley will celebrate Mass for the school March 17, and at 10 a.m. participate in a parade around the block that bounds the parish, with pastor Father Troy Schweiger, the students and staff.
The children’s classes will have banners for the parade, which will also include a fire truck, a baton twirler, military members in uniform carrying state/national flags, and more.
On Saturday, March 18, the parish will host its annual festival with Irish music and dancing, food, a children’s carnival and $2,000 raffle.