Saint Mary’s and Winona State present joint choir concert April 28


The choirs of Saint Mary’s University and Winona State University will present a joint concert on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 1155 West Wabasha Street.

The two universities have previously performed together. As in prior collaborations, each will present a substantial portion of the program separately and then combine on several pieces. Each university has been preparing for several months and the choirs will combine for rehearsals before the concert.

“Winona is really blessed to have so much musical talent based here, both at the universities and in the community,” said Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Saint Mary’s director of choirs. “It’s great for students to see what their peers are doing across town, and there are few things that promote a sense of community as well as sharing great music.”

Under the direction of Dr. Harry Mechell, the Winona State Concert Choir will perform works by Gerald Finzi, Edvard Grieg, Ola Gjielo, Eric Whitacre, Dan Davison, and more. The Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. O’Shea, will present works by C.V. Stanford, Knut Nystedt, Eleanor Daley, and Moses Hogan, with the U.S. premiere of “Newfoundland Songs, Set II” by Dr. O’Shea.

The choirs will combine for performances of “Heilig” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Domine ad adjuvandum me” by G.B. Martini, “O Sing Unto The Lord” by Henry Purcell, and “Omnia sol” by Z. Randall Stroope. Featured guest artists will be The Meadowlark String Quartet, Dr. Alan Dunbar (baritone), and Dr. Janet Heukeshoven (flute).

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Call the Saint Mary’s Page Theatre box office for tickets at 507-457-1715 or purchase them online at


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