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Concert threads | March 2016

Gerald Finzi (1901–1956)
Agnostic, like his friend Vaughan Williams, Finzi is considered the most “English” of composers, known for his song-writing – sacred and secular. Profoundly connected to poetry (six of his nine song cycles set texts of Thomas Hardy), he devoted himself to reading poetry, writing music, and growing heirloom apples in Wiltshire.
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The British Are Coming!

From Sumer Is Icumen In in the mid-13th century to music written just now, British composers have offered choruses memorable material. The Singers offers a sampling of British choral music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including works from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Charles Parry, John Rutter, Paul Mealor, and Karl Jenkins.  About the concert | Tickets

7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Immaculate Conception, Cranston
3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, St. Mary’s Church, Bristol

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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. 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 ...