Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chamber singers to perform in Rome over spring break

By Trisha Stachowski
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers will be touring in Rome, Italy March 5-14 during spring break.

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs, Patrick O’Shea, explained that the Chamber Singers go on an international tour every other year. According to O’Shea, “the students expressed an interest in Rome and the Christian Brothers have an institution in Rome, so there is a connection to [SMU].” While in Rome, the students will have an opportunity to sightsee both individually and as a group when they are not busy performing, stated O’Shea. The Chamber Singers will perform one complete concert and three liturgies while in Rome.

Previously, the Chamber Singers have traveled to Paris, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Colorado, Saint Louis and New England, said O’Shea. The Chamber Singers try to work in local performances prior to departing on their international tours. O’Shea explained that the Chamber Singers have performed in Chicago as well as the Twin Cities on the day prior to their departure.

The Chamber Singers will be performing the same set list when they return to the U.S. The free concert will be held Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.

In addition, the Chamber Singers will be releasing a CD soon. The CD will feature all of the music that was to be performed at the “Lessons and Carols” concert, that was cancelled due to a snowstorm.

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