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Mike Zarzycki | Bass
Making music is like solving a puzzle, and it is not something for which everyone has the aptitude. Mastering all the rhythms, dynamics, and harmonies appeals to my analytical side, but the other part of me craves the sheer beauty of the result, and it warms me to see that on the faces of the audience and my fellow musicians.











 





Looking for a choral home?

Providence Singers will audition new members Tuesday, August 13
The Providence Singers invites experienced choral singers to audition for the 2019-20 season, a remarkable series of performances that will include Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. The chorus is particularly interested in auditioning tenors and basses, but all voice sections have openings. Auditions are being scheduled now for Tuesday, August 13, or by appointment at the Carter Center in East Providence.
More about your audition — what to expect, how to apply.  ||  Travel directions


A preview of our 2019-20 season  

Gustav Holst: The Planets  |  Friday-Saturday 18-19 October 2019
The women of the Providence Singers join the Rhode Island Philharmonic for a performance of Gustav Holst’s early 20th-century orchestral suite. Bramwell Tovey conducts.


Fauré: Requiem and Whitbourn: Luminosity  |  Saturday 9 November 2019
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, paired with Luminosity, a major work by James Whitbourn from 2007. Christine Noel conducts the performance in the restored McVinney Auditorium.


Handel: Messiah  |  Saturday, 14 December 2019
Bramwell Tovey conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a holiday tradition in Providence since 2007.


Broadway at the Biltmore  |  Saturday 28 March 2020
The Singers returns to the Biltmore Hotel for its second gala concert, this time featuring the chorus and soloists performing highlights from the musical theater. (Music from the gala will also be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in a series produced by St. Michael’s Church in Bristol.)


Verdi: Messa da Requiem  |  Friday-Saturday 1-2 May 2020
The Singers concludes the 2019-20 season as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1874 Messa da Requiem. Bramwell Tovey conducts.


Recordings of the Providence Singers

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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. The CD was released December 5, 2017.
Notes and text  |  Download at iTunes | Amazon | Google Play

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
La Koro Sutro, sung entirely in Esperanto and accompanied by an American gamelan — built for performances in Boston and Providence by our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project — was exotic, immediately engaging, and unlike anything the Singers had encountered before or performed since. 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, preserving ancient alliterations and a great deal of wit and charm: “Even the casual listener will notice that the whale (the trombone solo in the Intermezzo section) gets the best tune in the work. And this is as it should be since I consider the whale, not Jonah, to be the hero of the piece.” Notes on the work ...

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. Notes and composer’s commentary ...