Announcing the 2013-14 concert season of the Providence Singers
The 2013-14 Providence Singers’ season will feature a dynamic three-concert series and three performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Singers announces its 42nd concert season, the inaugural season of its sixth artistic director Christine Noel. Noel has prepared a season that will showcase the Providence Singers’ commitment to contemporary works, masterpieces of the choral canon, collaborative partnerships, and programs of education and engagement for the community:
- The Britten Legacy — November 9–10, 2013
November marks the birthday centenary of the celebrated British composer. The program will include Rejoice in the Lamb, a “festival cantata” structured in movements alternating between chorus and soloists. The program will include anthems by Britten’s predecessors Gerald Finzi, Edward Elgar, and Charles Villiers Stanford. Organist Patrick Aiken returns to perform with the chorus.
- Haydn and Mozart — March 1, 2014
The Singers will perform two masterpieces by the great classical composers: Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (the Nelson Mass) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (the Vespers). Soprano Teresa Wakim joins the Singers and a chamber orchestra for a performance in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul.
- All American — April 26–27, 2014
The Singers’ final concert will feature works by American composers, from the 18th-century William Billings to the 20th-century masters Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber to composers active today. Program highlights include “The Promise of Living” from Copland’s opera The Tender Land and Barber’s Reincarnations, an a cappella setting of three Irish poems. New music to be featured in the concert includes works by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian-American composer on the cusp of widespread renown. He is known for his unique language, lush harmonies, and textures that are symphonic in nature. Two of his widely admired pieces will be performed: Dark Night of the Soul and The Ground.
The Singers will appear as guest artists for three performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic:
- Gustav Holst’s The Planets (October 19, 2013), featuring the women of the Providence Singers;
- G.F. Handel’s Messiah (December 7, 2013);
- Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (May 10, 2014).
Venues and times
- The Britten Legacy
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8 p.m., Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3 p.m., venue to be announced
- Haydn and Mozart
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8 p.m., Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8 p.m., St Joseph's Church, Providence
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 3 p.m., venue to be announced
Subscriptions and tickets
Season subscriptions offer a saving of nearly 20 percent. Subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 401-751-5700 or online at www.providencesingers.org
Single tickets will be available July 1 online or by phone.
Christine Noel was named artistic director of the Providence Singers in February 2013. In addition to her work with the Providence Singers, she is the founder and artistic director of the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, one of New England’s premier choral organizations for children, which has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference.
An honors graduate of Rhode Island College, Noel earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones and David Hoose. She studied in Italy for several years and completed the superior level of Italian studies at the University of Florence. In Italy, she served as assistant conductor and vocal coach for Italian choirs Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze. She is also a graduate of the Kodály Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.
The Providence Singers
The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of masterworks and contemporary compositions, creative collaborations, new music commissions, and education programs.
Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is a leading choral performance organization serving southern New England. Led by Artistic Director Christine Noel, the 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and frequently makes guest appearances throughout the region, including concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The chorus has also performed with the Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Providence Festival, and with the late Dave Brubeck at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Michael Galib, assistant conductor, and Patrice Newman, pianist, assist with chorus rehearsals.
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. The Providence Singers receives general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.