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Thursday 23 October 2014
For Immediate Release

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Our 43rd season
Providence Singers to begin season with Bach motets, Forrest Requiem

On November 22 and 23, 2014, the Providence Singers will present Bach and Beyond under the baton of Christine Noel. The concert will include three 18th-century motets by J.S. Bach and a 2013 work by Dan Forrest that will feature the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. Concerts will be presented in Providence and Bristol.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Singers will begin its 43rd season with a concert celebrating life on Earth and after. The Singers will offer performances in Providence and Bristol, R.I.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Christine Noel, the program will include three of the six surviving J.S. Bach motets: Komm, Jesu, Komm; Lobet den Herrn; and Jesu, meine Freude, with organist Patrick Aiken. Following the Bach motets, the Singers will perform Requiem for the Living, a 2013 interpretation of liturgical tradition by American composer Dan Forrest.

“Our performance of Bach and Beyond will offer an emotionally stirring and engaging musical experience,” Noel said. “The timeless Bach motets complement Dan Forrest’s 2013 Requiem for the Living, scored for chorus and orchestra. The solos written for boy soprano will feature the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus.”

Venues and tickets

There will be two performances:

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Central Congregational Church, Providence
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014, at St. Mary’s Church, Bristol

Tickets, at $28 for general admission and $5 for students with ID, are available by phone at 401-751-5700 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.providencesingers.org. A limited number of $15 side-seat tickets can be purchased by phone only. Discounts are also available for seniors and groups of six or more by phone.

The Providence Singers

Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is one of the premier choral 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.

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, and the annual Young Men’s Choral Festival.

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

Still to come this season

  • Handel’s Messiah, December 20, 2014, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • Mass and Magnificat, March 28-29, 2015, Providence and Bristol
  • Carmina Burana, May 9, 2015, The Vets with the Rhode Island Philharmonic