Thursday, April 25, 2013

SMU choirs share the stage April 27 spring concert with Northwestern

By Petey Brown 
Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Saint Mary’s University concert and chamber choirs will be joined by the Northwestern College varsity men’s choir to perform at the annual spring concert on April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. 

Over 100 singers will be performing at this concert, with 66 of them from Saint Mary’s chamber and concert choir and 40 from Northwestern.  The Northwestern choir will join the men of the Saint Mary’s choir to sing two pieces.  Along with this, the chamber and concert choirs will have about eight pieces each that they will perform.  

“There will be many different colors and tones to this concert with the variety of pieces,” said SMU Choir Director Dr. Patrick O’Shea. “One of the pieces will have a French horn, another with a snare drum and one with the chamber orchestra.”

Some pieces that will be performed by the concert choir will be “Three Scottish Folksongs”, “Sing a Mighty Song,” and a traditional spiritual called “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.”  “This is the record of John” will be performed by the concert choir with the chamber orchestra.   Also, there will be two pieces by the men’s choir from Northwestern and the Saint Mary’s men: “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight.”

“It has been a great year so far with a lot of good music,” said O’Shea.  “I am excited to see everyone at the concert.”

O’Shea wishes to remind all SMU students that anyone is welcome to audition for the choir, not just art or music majors.  Auditions are at the start of every semester.

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