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Concert threads | December 16, 2017

Messiah: A work of transcendental power
World-renowned contralto Susannah Cibber, enmeshed in a highly public and scandalous divorce, sang the 1743 première. Her rendition of “He was despised” was so utterly transporting that the Rev. Patrick Delany jumped to his feet halfway through and shouted, “Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee!”
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Our next performance  

Messiah  |  Saturday, December 16, at The Vets, Providence
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in Handel’s masterwork — a fresh reading informed by Baroque performance practice. The December performance by the Singers and the Philharmonic has been part of the Rhode Island holiday season every year since 2007.
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Still to come this season

  • Of Sea and Sky  Saturday, March 10, in Cranston; Sunday, March 11, in Bristol
    Day, night, moon, sky, autumn, clouds, tempests, waves, sunrise, lakes, even a Renaissance genius who dreams of powered flight — the Providence Singers celebrates the majesty of nature and the music it has inspired from Johannes Brahms in 1884 through Jake Runestad in 2015.
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  • Opera Choruses  Saturday, May 19, on the 17th floor of the Biltmore Hotel
    Our spring concert will be a glorious journey through the world of opera, done up in fine formal style as a gala concert to benefit choral education and performance. 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.
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Coming in January:
T.J. Harper to lead 2018 Young Men’s Choral Festival

Yes, Real Men Sing!® — and they get better at it every year. Providence College’s T.J. Harper, an internationally respected choral educator and conductor, joins us as choral clinician.

The YMCF is a single, jam-packed day of music, camaraderie, pizza, and performance for choral young men in grades eight through twelve — with continuing education opportunities for choral educators and conductors. Friday, January 26, 2018, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College.   More about YMCF  |  Registration Form

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 ...