Our 43rd season
“Mass and Magnificat” — Dvořák, Pärt, Mendelssohn, and more
On March 28 and 29, the Providence Singers will present “Mass and Magnificat,” the group’s spring concert, with performances in Providence and in Bristol. Artistic Director Christine Noel will conduct.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Under the direction of Artistic Director Christine Noel, the Providence Singers will present “Mass and Magnificat,” the spring concert of its 43rd season. The centerpiece of the program is Antonín Dvořák’s Mass in D, preceded by Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat. A selection of other beloved works by Romantic and contemporary composers completes the program.
The Singers will offer two performances: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Central Congregational Church in Providence, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at St. Mary’s Church in Bristol. Tickets are available online at www.providencesingers.org or by phone at 401-751-5700. General admission is $28, with a special $5 student price. Group discounts are available in advance, and tickets will be available at the door.
Antonín Dvořák composed his Mass in D major in 1887 for the consecration of a small chapel. The work was an immediate and lasting success in a larger version for orchestra. The original version for chorus and organ, which the Singers will perform, was not published until 1963. Organist Patrick Aiken, a frequent Singers collaborator, will perform for the Dvořák.
Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat (1989), for chorus a cappella, is a gentle, minimalist work that develops unexpected power and presence. Also on the program are two works by Felix Mendelssohn (Verleih’ uns Frieden and Hear My Prayer), Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Te Deum in B-flat, and John Tavener’s Song for Athene, performed as the recessional at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Pre- and post-concert events
Michael Galib, assistant conductor of the Singers who will conduct the Pärt in performance, will present a pre-concert talk at each concert: 6:45 p.m. on Saturday at Central Congregational Church, and 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at St. Mary’s in Bristol.
The Singers will host a reception immediately following each performance so that audience members may meet and talk with Christine Noel, Michael Galib, Patrick Aiken, and members of the chorus.
Tickets and venues
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Central Congregational Church, Providence
3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at St. Mary’s Church, Bristol
General admission is $28 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. Discounts are available for seniors and groups of six or more.
$15 tickets for side-seats are available by phone only at 401-751-5700.
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.
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.
Carmina Burana with Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
The Providence Singers will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Rhode Island Philharmonic on May 9, 2015, at 8 p.m. at The Vets, Providence. Tickets can be purchased at www.riphil.org or by calling the box office at 401-248-7000.