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4 January 2013
For Immediate Release

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Providence Singers to present Haydn’s The Creation Sunday, Feb. 10

The Providence Singers, under the direction of Artistic Director Betsy Burleigh, will present Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation on Sunday afternoon, February 10, 2013, at Temple Emanu-El in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On Sunday, February 10 at 4:30 p.m., the Providence Singers will perform Haydn’s grand and triumphant oratorio, The Creation. The concert will feature renowned guest soloists and musicians from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Composed in 1797, The Creation was inspired by the oratorios of Handel, which is evident in its energetic spirit and sense of joy in nature. The texts are derived from the book of Genesis and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It begins with a remarkable “representation of chaos” and proceeds to depict the six days of creation and the joyful union of Adam and Eve in a new and perfect world.

Haydn brilliantly evokes biblical images with wit, humor, great elegance, and a child-like simplicity. A pivotal moment — “And there was light!” — is among the greatest C-major chords in Western music.

Learn more

A concert preview event will be held on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the vestry at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Avenue, Providence. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Discussion will be lead by classical music and literary experts, Betsy Burleigh, artistic director of the Providence Singers, and poet Brett Rutherford of the University of Rhode Island.

Guest artists

The performance will feature three guest soloists:

  • Teresa Wakim is a critical acclaimed soprano from New England who has been cited for “a voice of lambent beauty.”
  • Matthew Anderson, tenor, was the 2010 second-place winner of the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition.
  • Paul Guttry, bass, has performed around the world as a specialist in early music and is a founding member of Blue Heron, the Renaissance choir.

Tickets and venue

The concert begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Avenue in Providence.

Tickets are $38 for general admission and $15 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. Discounts are available by phone for seniors and groups of six or more.

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.

Christine Noel, associate conductor, and Patrice Newman, pianist, assist Burleigh and the chorus in preparation.

The Providence Singers advances the choral tradition through the commission and performance of new works, with support from 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.

Still to come this season:

  • 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, May 4, 2013, as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic at The Vets, Providence.