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Why I sing

Mark Nickel | Tenor
In grade school, all my teachers played the piano, so singing was something we did every day. Being old enough for the real children’s choir in fifth grade was an important rite of passage. There were great choirs available through high school, college, grad school, and now here in Providence. Choral singing stays with you — and you with it — if you’re lucky enough to start early.


An early peek at our 46th season

Baroque Brilliance  |  Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 2017
Baroque masterworks for chorus and orchestra, including:
   • Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art
   • Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Dettingen Te Deum
   • Zelenka’s Magnificat.

Messiah  |  Saturday, December 16, 2017
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the eleventh annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a fresh reading informed by Baroque performance practice.

Of Sea and Sky  |  Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018
Music inspired by the power and majesty of the natural world, including these and more:
   • Brahms’ O Schöne Nacht, Spätherbst, Abendlied, and Warum
   • Elder’s Ballade to the Moon, Sky Sonnet, and Sunrise Carol
   • Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Also on the program: The traditional Scottish ballad Loch Lomond and the U.S. Navy Hymn.

Opera Choruses  |  Saturday, May 19, 2018
We present a grand and glorious journey through the world of opera, done up in fine formal style as a gala concert to benefit choral performance and education. Count on it: Giuseppe Verdi’s creations will be there for sure, with contributions from Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, and a number of their talented friends.

Recordings of the Providence Singers

Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both singers and listeners. He wrote it in 2013. The Providence Singers performed it in November 2014, together with three Bach motets. Little more than two years after the concert, the Singers had finished its initial Kickstarter campaign, raised additional funds, and booked a recording session at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Release is expected late in 2017. More ...

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 ...