Concert threads | December 7, 2013
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.More about the concert
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G.F. Handel: Messiah | December 7, 2013
The Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic first collaborated for Messiah in December 2007. Seven years later, the December performance of Handel’s masterwork is a growing part of the city’s holiday performance traditions. Francisco Noya conducts, with soloists Martha Guth, soprano; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Hutchinson, tenor; and Matthew Burns, bass-baritone.
7 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013, at The Vets
Tickets online or from the Philharmonic box office at 401-248-7000
Concert tickets are available:
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- at a discount for groups of six or more. Call for details.
Still to come this season:
- Haydn and Mozart — 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul
- All American — 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Joseph’s Church in Providence, and Sunday, April 27, at the George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly
- Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé — 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Vets, Providence, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic
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Attention men who sing:
Mid-season auditions are available for tenors, basses
The Providence Singers has openings in the tenor and bass sections for the balance of the 42nd season. Auditions will be held by appointment at the Carter Center on Tuesday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 17.
Arrange an audition | Info: Call Jenica at 401-751-5700 | Directions to the Carter Center
Coming in January:
Fifth annual Young Men’s Choral Festival
Yes, Real Men Sing — and they get better at it every year. Singer, pianist, conductor, and composer Jamie Hillman is the 2014 YMCF 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, January 31, 2014, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College.
More on YMCF | Registration form | Info: Jenica at 401-751-5700
Recordings of the Providence Singers
Kickstarter Campaign: Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro
Our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to bring Lou Harrison’s music to market. BMOP will pair the Singers’ recording of La Koro Sutro with Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan to make an extraordinary and very important CD. The Kickstarter goal of $10,800 must be achieved by the wee hours of Friday, December 27, 2013.
Add your support or check the campaign’s progress.
Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale
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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 ...