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5 February 2014
For Immediate Release

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March 1, 2014
Providence Singers to perform masterworks by Haydn and Mozart

On Saturday evening, March 1, 2014, Artistic Director Christine Noel will conduct the Providence Singers, soloists, and chamber orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (the Nelson Mass) and Mozart’s Vespers and Ave Verum Corpus.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Under the direction of Artistic Director Christine Noel, the Providence Singers will perform the second concert of its 43rd season — masterworks by Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in downtown Providence. With soloists and chamber orchestra, the Singers will perform Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (the Nelson Mass) and Mozart’s Vespers and Ave Verum Corpus. Tickets are available online at www.providencesingers.org or by phone (401-751-5700) at $36 for general admission and $15 for students.

Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Troubled Times) later became known as the Nelson Mass. News of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory in the Battle of the Nile reached Austria close to the first performance. It is one of the great masses written late in Haydn’s life.

Operatic yet ecclesiastical, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore is a youthful and joyous work featuring the soprano aria, “Laudate Dominum,” a contrast with the reverence and simplicity of Ave Verum Corpus, written near the end of Mozart’s life.

The concert provides an excellent contrast of the imaginative ways in which these Classical masters combined orchestral and choral writing — tuneful and accessible in the best Classical tradition.

Joining the Providence Singers are soloists Teresa Wakim, soprano; Emily Marvosh, mezzo-soprano; Greg Zavracky, tenor; and Nicholas R. Laroche, baritone.

Post-concert reception

Immediately following the performance, the Singers will host a reception in the lower level of the Cathedral. All audience members are invited to attend and greet the performers and conductor.

Tickets and venue

The performance will take place in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner St. in Providence.

Tickets are $36 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 for seniors and groups of six or more.

The Providence Singers

Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is one of the leading choral performance organizations serving southern New England. Led by artistic director Christine Noel, the 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and makes frequent 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 the Dave Brubeck Quartet at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Michael Galib, assistant conductor, and Patrice Newman, pianist, assist with preparation.

The Providence Singers advances the choral art 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 Paulette LaParle.

The Providence Singers receives general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Still to come this season

  • All American — April 26, 2014, in Providence and April 27 in Westerly
  • Daphnis et Chloé — May 10, 2014, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Vets

For tickets: www.providencesingers.org or 401-751-5700