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Why I sing

Mark Nickel | Tenor
I speak English and I can handle simple conversations in German, but music is a language I don’t fully understand. No one does. Often a piece I don’t like at first reading ends up capturing me. How did the composer pull me in? Why did it take me so long to find the music? And now, a week after performance, why can’t I get Irving Fine’s Pianola D’Amore out of my head?















Looking toward 2015-16: Our 44th Season

Signature Works  |  November 7-8, 2015
J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Wachet Auf”); W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass; and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.

G.F. Handel: Messiah  |  December 12, 2015
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Singers, and soloists in the ninth annual December performance of Handel’s masterwork, part of the city’s holiday performance tradition.

The British Are Coming!  |  March 5-6, 2016
British Choral tradition from the 20th and 21st centuries: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi and others, including pieces commissioned for the wedding of HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton.

Bernstein and Sondheim  |  April 16-17, 2016
Music composed for the musical theater and concert hall by two giants of modern American composition.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9  |  May 6-7, 2016
The Ninth Symphony has marked so many historic events that the United Nations added Beethoven’s autograph to its Memory of the World Programme Heritage list, the first musical composition so honored. The Providence Singers will join the Philharmonic for two performances: Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2016.



Recordings of the Providence Singers

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
Our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and brought Lou Harrison’s music to market. BMOP paired the Singers’ recording of La Koro Sutro with Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan to make an extraordinary CD, released in July 2014. Program Notes  |  Read the Globe’s review

Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale
Jonah was a difficult prophet. He tried to wriggle out of divine assignments and whined loudly enough to annoy even God. Dominick Argento used medieval poetry, the Book of Jonah and other sources to prepare the libretto for this composition. Call the Singers office for more information. More ...

Lukas Foss: The Prairie
Lukas Foss fled Nazi Germany with his family – first to Paris in 1933 and then to the United States in 1937. He was 15 when he arrived in Philadelphia to begin his studies at the Curtis Institute. Foss embraced his new homeland – “... as a boy of 15, I fell in love with America,” he said – becoming a U.S. citizen in 1942. He found Carl Sandburg’s poem when he was 19 and began almost immediately to set it to music, adapting it himself without a librettist. The Singers loved it as well. More ...