Waterford Healing Arts Trust is delighted to welcome Great River Chorale from Minnesota, USA to perform a fundraising concert. The concert takes place on Monday 25 June at 7pm at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) Chapel. All proceeds will go to the arts programmes at UHW, which are organised and managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT). Tickets cost €10 and are available in advance from WHAT at (051) 842664 / firstname.lastname@example.org, online here and on the door.
Great River Chorale is an acclaimed choir based in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA. The principal choral partner of the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Great River Chorale is often heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), and has been selected for numerous Classical MPR showcase CDs which feature the best of Minnesota’s regional ensembles. The choir was also a headline performer in the Northern Voice Festival in Minnesota in April 2015. Great River Chorale is conducted by Dr Mary Kay Geston. Dr Geston has been a guest conductor across the USA and internationally. She is president of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) North Central Region and has taught at universities in Minnesota, Colorado and South Dakota.
Announcing details of the concert, Shirley O’Shea of the WHAT Fundraising Committee said “We are delighted to welcome Great River Chorale to Waterford for what promises to be a wonderful evening of beautiful sacred and spiritual music, all in aid of Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s programmes at UHW. We are very grateful to the choir for sharing their talent and time with us during their tour of Ireland. We’re very fortunate to have Waterford Healing Arts Trust here at our hospital, so we sincerely hope that the Waterford public will come along to hear this beautiful choir perform and raise much needed funds at the same time.”
Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. These experiences include Healing Sounds, a live music programme on the wards and in the hospital foyer; the mobile Art Kart, which travels to many of the hospital wards; the Artist on Call service, responding to individual patient needs; the Arts Programme in the Renal Dialysis Unit; the Staff Art Wall and the extensive UHW Art Collection. Through these programmes, WHAT seeks to soften the clinical environment and alleviate stress and anxiety for patients, family members and staff. Further details about WHAT are available from www.waterfordhealingarts.com The organisation also supports the development of arts and health throughout Ireland and manages the resource website www.artsandhealth.ie