Thursday, February 28, 2013

Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers to perform in France

The Chamber Singers will perform in Reims, France, as part of their 2013 Concert Tour.

The 24-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea, associate professor of music.

Tour performances will include the following liturgies and concerts:

• Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
   March 2, Mass 5:15 p.m.
• Pensionnat de Sacre-Coeur, Reims, France
   March 6, Visit/Workshop, 8 to 11 a.m.
• Lycée Saint-Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Reims
   March 6, Concert 6 p.m.
• Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Reims
   March 10, Mass 11 a.m.

All concerts are free and open to the public, and guests are, of course, welcome at the various liturgies. Repertoire will include a cappella works by Byrd, Tallis, Hindemith, Stephen Chatman, Abbie Betinis and Stephen Paulus. The concerts will feature the premiere performances of “Tre Madrigali Amorosi,” three settings of poems by the Neapolitan Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) by Dr. O’Shea.  These works feature special guest soloist and SMU faculty member Chun Chim (David) Leung, violin.

Upon their return, the Chamber Singers will present a free “Homecoming Concert” at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 7th and Vila streets, Winona, on Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ext. 1598.