Concert threads | December 20, 2014

Messiah: Gentlemen, please — no swords
Dublin impresarios anticipated a very full house for Messiah’s premiere April 13, 1742, at the New Music Hall in Fishambe Street. To accommodate more concertgoers, ladies were asked not to wear fashions with hoops, and gentlemen were asked not to wear swords.
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Our next performance
G.F. Handel: Messiah  |  December 20, 2014
Handel’s masterwork, performed annually since December 2007 by the Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is now an important part of Rhode Island’s holiday traditions. Joining the Philharmonic and the Singers are soprano Deborah Selig, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, tenor Charles Blandy, and bass Matthew Burns. Andrew Clark, former artistic director of the Providence Singers now director of choral activities at Harvard, is guest conductor.

7 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014, at The Vets
About the concert  |  Tickets online or from the box office at 401-248-7000

Coming in January:
Sixth annual Young Men’s Choral Festival

Yes, Real Men Sing!® — and they get better at it every year. Harvard choral director Andrew Clark, who founded the YMCF when he was artistic director of the Providence Singers, returns as clinician. The YMCF is a single, jam-packed day of music, camaraderie, pizza, and performance for choral young men in grades eight through twelve — and continuing education credits for choral educators and conductors. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College.

More about YMCF  |  Registration form (pdf)

Still to come in our 43rd season

  • March 28-29, 2015: Mass and Magnificat
    Antonin Dvořák: Mass in D; Franz Biebl: Ave Maria; John Tavener: Song for Athene; Arvo Pärt: Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer. Performances in Providence and Bristol. (Note new dates for this concert.)
  • May 8-9, 2015: Carmina Burana
    The Providence Singers joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for “Rush Hour” and regular season performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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 ...