The Singers receives NEA grant for 2007 regional choral festival
The Providence Singers has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to present a regional choral festival in Providence March 2–4, 2007. Conductors and choral organizations from three New England states and American composers living in the United States and Europe will participate. (See the NEA announcement and list of national grantees.)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Singers has received one of seven choral-arts grants awarded nationwide by the National Endowment for the Arts. The $50,000 grant, announced today in Washington and Providence, will support a three-day regional choral festival in Providence next March.
“By awarding this very prestigious grant to the Providence Singers, the NEA recognizes what we’ve known all along: This world-class choral group contributes immensely to the life of our arts and cultural community,” said Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline. “I’m thrilled that Providence has been chosen to host this three-day event, providing us with a unique opportunity to showcase our wonderful city to people from all over the region.”
The choral component of NEA’s American Masterpieces supports regional choral festivals, presenting American music of the highest quality to communities across the nation. Conductors and choral organizations from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as American composers living in the United States and Europe, will participate in the festival, March 2–4, 2007.
“We are honored to be chosen to host the American Masterpieces Choral Festival,” said Executive Director Allison McMillan. “This marks a point of arrival for the Providence Singers, and will place Providence as a center for excellence in choral performance and education.”
Activities planned for the festival include premières of three newly commissioned works, concerts featuring several choruses, a community-sing in collaboration with a Providence gospel choir, and workshops on new music, choral conducting and other topics.
“This festival gives us a rare chance to celebrate the richness of American choral music and offer a glimpse into the future of the art form,” said Artistic Director Designate Andrew Clark. “We look forward to bringing living legends of choral music — like composer Lukas Foss, conductors Alice Parker, Robert Page, and Jameson Marvin, together with emerging composers, conductors and New England's finest ensembles — all sharing this unique experience in Providence.”
Clark will begin his new position on July 1, when Julian Wachner steps down after ten years as the Singers’ artistic director. “The Providence Singers’ dramatic growth under Julian’s leadership has set the stage for this new opportunity,” said McMillan. “With this festival, the Providence Singers continues to build on its commitment to providing outstanding choral experiences for the Providence community.”
Concerts of the New England Choral Festival will be presented at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, bringing participants and audiences to the completed Avenue of the Arts complex and Renaissance Providence Masonic Temple Hotel. The community-sing will take place at the Columbus Theatre on Providence’s historic West Side; other festival locations will be announced. For additional information, visit www.ProvidenceSingers.org.