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The Lira Ensemble celebrates Polish culture through spirited song and dance performed in colorful, authentic dress.

Drawing from the Polish heritage that unites almost a million Illinoisans, Lira combines Polish folk and court dances with traditional songs. A little narration in English helps round out the performance, giving the audience insights into Polish history and the Polish-American immigrant experience.

The Lira Ensemble is the nation's only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song, and dance. In addition to bringing Polish culture to audiences across Illinois, Lira also takes American audiences to Poland during annual tours to truly immerse them in the Polish world.

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Watch the Lira Singers perform on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006.


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Lira Artistic Director Lucyna Migala introduces conductor Paul Dijkstra and his Lira Orchestra.


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