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April 11, 2002


Where can you go to be entertained by concert pianists, jazz bands, a jazz choir, a symphony orchestra, Irish step dancers, vocalists, a dramatic presentation of the Declaration of Independence and color guards from the five branches of the United States Armed Forces -- all under one roof?

"A Celebration of the Arts"
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
7:30 p.m.
The Liacouras Center
1775 North Broad Street

More than 1,500 students of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese will participate in this exceptional evening of entertainment. This event is a tribute to the Catholic schools and the outstanding musical and artistic instruction available at both the elementary and high school levels.
The program includes performances by the Saint Rose of Lima Children's Choir, the Special Education Ensemble, the Archdiocesan Elementary Honors Band, the All Catholic Chorus, the Nazareth Academy Jazz Choir, the All Catholic Jazz Band, the All Catholic Symphony Orchestra, the Archdiocesan Elementary Jazz Band, the Archdiocesan Elementary Choir and the All Catholic Concert Band.

Highlights of the evening include:

Stanley Muzylowski, a student at Saint David Parish Elementary School in Willow Grove and winner of the Elementary Piano Competition.

Adam Barta,a vocal soloist from Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, and winner of the vocal competition.

‘Celebration' River Dance performed by Mary Claire Curran, a student at Nazareth Academy in Northeast Philadelphia, and Darrin Lorady, a student at Conwell-Egan High School in Bucks County. Mary Claire Curran is an award winning Irish Step Dancer and in 2001 won five preliminary championships and qualified for the March 2002 World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Darin Lorady placed 1st at the Regional Level and placed 12th in the world this year. His next Championship competition is in July. He also participated in Michael Flatley's world tour of "Feet of Flame" last year.

Henry Schenker from Devon Preparatory School in Devon, and winner of the Secondary Piano Competition.

Clare Westlund, a student at Saint Lucy Day School for Visual Impairments in Upper Darby, and Matthew Dundo, a student at Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Deafness in Delaware County, will do a dramatic interpretation of a poem. Clare will read the poem in braille and Matthew will sign it in American Sign Language.

The Nazareth Academy High School Jazz Choir has 22 members and has been in existence for 10 years under the direction of Mr. David Hall. The group won a silver medal at the "Music, Maestro Please" festival in Montreal, Canada, in March 2002.

Finale - An Armed Forces Salute by the combined Ensembles and Soloists to all those who have served in the Armed Forces. This special salute will feature the color guards of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

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Editor's Note: Media are invited to attend the rehearsal at Liacouras Center on Monday, April 15, 2002. If you are interested in attending the rehearsal, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 by Friday, April 12.

Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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