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26 September 2012
For Immediate Release

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Our forty-first season
Providence Singers begins season with Duruflé Requiem and songs of love

The Providence Singers, under the direction of Artistic Director Betsy Burleigh, begins its 41st concert season with Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, Daniel Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata, and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. Performances are Saturday, Nov. 3, in Bristol and Sunday, Nov. 4, in Providence.


The Providence Singers will begin its 41st season with a concert that explores the passions of life, loss, and love. There will be two performances: Saturday evening, November 3, in Bristol, and Sunday afternoon, November 4, in Providence.

Under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, the program will begin with songs of love: Five Hebrew Love Songs — Eric Whitacre’s settings of romantic poetry by his wife Hila Plitmann — and Daniel Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata, a rhapsodic setting of texts from the Song of Solomon.

The major work on the program will be Maurice Duruflé’s 1947 Requiem, his crowning achievement. An accessible and comforting work, the Requiem is derived from the text and melodies of Gregorian chant. The Singers will perform Duruflé’s own version for chorus and solo organ, a composition Burleigh describes as “a brilliant combination of timeless chant and sumptuous impressionistic harmonies that is transporting for singer and listener alike.”

Tickets and venues

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, in St. Mary’s Church, Bristol, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4, in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence.

Tickets are $26 for general admission and $5 for students with ID. Tickets are available online at www.providencesingers.org or by phone at 401-751-5700 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Season subscriptions are also available, offering a savings of nearly 20 percent. Please telephone for information about discounts for groups of six or more.

Guest artists

The Duruflé Requiem will feature mezzo-soprano Hillary Nicholson, who has performed more than fifty opera roles and has been praised for her “rich, luscious tone.”

Singing the baritone solo is Joshua Krugman, a member of the Providence Singers who has sung with leading opera companies including the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Organist for the concert will be Patrick Aiken who serves as organist and choirmaster at Central Congregational Church and at St. George’s School in Newport. He also served as the accompanist for the Providence Singers from 1998-2000.

Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs will feature a string quartet of violinists Charles Sherba and Alexey Shabalin, violist Consuelo Sherba, and cellist Daniel Harp.

The Providence Singers

The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of masterworks and contemporary works, creative collaborations, new music commissions, and education programs.

Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is one of the leading choral performance organizations serving southern New England. Led by artistic director Betsy Burleigh, the 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and frequently makes guest appearances throughout the region, including annual concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The chorus has also performed with the Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Providence Festival, and with Dave Brubeck at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Chorus preparation is assisted by Christine Noel, associate conductor, and Patrice Newman, pianist.

The Providence Singers advances the choral tradition through the commission and performance of new works, with support of its Wachner Fund for New Music. It also sponsors the Junior Providence Singers, a choral training and performance program for high school students, directed by T.J. Harper. The Providence Singers receives general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Performances for the 2012-13 season will include:

  • Durufle’s Requiem, November 3 and 4, 2012, in Bristol and Providence
  • Handel’s Messiah, December 8, 2012, as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic at The Vets, Providence
  • Haydn’s The Creation, February 9, 2013 as guests of the New Bedford Symphony at Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, and February 10, 2013, in Temple Emanu-El, Providence
  • “Fit for a Queen,” April 6 and 7, 2013 — Majestic music celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, sixty-year reign and diamond jubilee, with performances in Providence and Bristol
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic at The Vets, Providence