Thursday, November 6, 2014

O’Shea, Heukeshoven to premiere choral compositions

Two new works for choir by Saint Mary’s University music faculty Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven will receive their world premiere by the La Crosse Chamber Chorale as part of the ensemble’s “Words to Music” project.

Words to Music is a project in which poetry written by local students is set to music by area composers. Last April, over 200 area students submitted poems based on the theme of compassion. The poems were given to five area composers who each chose one to become the text of a new musical work.

Both of the new compositions will feature performances by fellow Saint Mary’s music department faculty. O’Shea’s “Unlock Your Heart” will include a performance by Dr. David Leung on violin and Heukeshoven’s “And They Have Lies” will be assisted by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven playing a Swiss folk instrument known as a “talerschwingen.”

“The Energies of Love” concert will be presented twice:

Saturday, Nov. 8 • 7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
410 Main St.
Onalaska, Wis.

Sunday, Nov. 9 • 3 p.m.
English Lutheran Church
16th and King streets
La Crosse, Wis.

Tickets will be available at the door, $20 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. More information can be found at or by contacting A. Eric Heukeshoven at Ext. 7292.