“The many musicians involved deserve to be lauded ... for the vigor and effectiveness of their performance.”
Zoe Kemmerling
Boston Musical Inteligencer

6 March 2012
(Britten War Requiem)



George Frederic Handel  |  Messiah

Christine Noel conducted the 11th annual performance of Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic on December 16, 2017.

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Providence Journal: “Many conductors in recent times have gone for high-energy performances to sell this classic by pushing tempos adding embellishments. But again, Noel went more for a sense of lyricism, making points with delicacy and paying attention to details.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  |  Requiem

The Providence Singers began its 45th season as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey led the Singers, soloists, and orchestra in two performances of the Mozart Requiem.

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Providence Journal: “While the piece is not all Mozart, it’s still thrilling to hear it live with forces as fine as the Philharmonic and the Singers, who made all the riveting counterpoint sizzle.”

Ludwig van Beethoven  |  Symphony No. 9

The Ninth Symphony has marked so many historic events that the United Nations added Beethoven’s autograph to its Memory of the World Programme Heritage list, the first musical composition so honored. This performance occurred on the 192nd anniversary of the work’s premiere.

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Providence Journal: “The orchestra was joined by the Providence Singers for the last movement, the so-called ‘Ode to Joy,’ which was one of the more moving moments in the Philharmonic’s season. The Singers sounded terrific.”

Carl Orff  |  Carmina Burana

The Providence Singers and Rhode Island Philharmonic took a sold-out house for a few turns on Fortune’s wheel: Riding high like the King and Queen of Everything, then plunging to the bottom of the pile. The audience responded enthusiastically, even outside The Vets as people were making their way home.

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Providence Journal: “The Orff drove a packed house wild, in part because of a sizzling performance …”

Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler  |  Symphony No. 2 ("The Resurrection")

Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection Symphony,” was, with Symphony No. 8, among Mahler’s most popular and successful works during his lifetime. Preoccupied by visions of his own death and by larger philosophical questions about the purpose of life, Mahler pondered a kind of immortality through artistic achievement. Mahler himself wrote much of the text in the final movement.

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Providence Journal: “The Providence Singers ... opening entrance in the final movement was breathtaking”

Sistine Chapel
Franz Joseph Haydn  |  The Creation

Haydn had many choral successes late in his life, none greater than The Creation. In a work first heard 215 years ago this spring, Haydn recounts the creation of the world with wit, humor, great elegance, and a child-like simplicity. (A pivotal moment — “And there was light!” — may be the greatest C-major chord in Western music. It brought down the house at the premiere.) The texts come from the Bible and John Milton’s Paradise Lost; the freshness and sense of wonderment are pure Papa Haydn.

4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Temple Emanu-El in Providence
Monday, Feb. 11 2013, at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford
More about the concert

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South Coast Today: “A spectacular performance of a truly timeless masterpiece”

Our 40th Season

May 5, 2012: Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem

There is no fiery, threatening Dies Irae in this requiem, no sorrowful tone or extended grieving. Johannes Brahms set out to provide comfort, consolation, and beauty for the living — and succeeded magnificently. This is a beautiful and profoundly moving requiem, the largest work Brahms ever composed. The Providence Singers will perform Ein deutsches Requiem as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
Tickets are available from the Rhode Island Philharmonic online or through the box office: 401-248-7000.

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Providence Journal: “A seamless blending of chorus and orchestra”

Wilfred Owen
Benjamin Britten | War Requiem  —  The Pity of War

Poet Wilfred Owen, right, died in a firefight along a canal in France one week before the armistice ended World War I. He was 25, serving his second tour on the front. While only five of his poems were published in his lifetime, surviving friends and family pieced together and published his hand-written verse, a body of work that placed Owen among the greatest of British war poets. He wrote of mustard gas, of Death, of dying, of artillery, of futility, and, memorably, of “the pity of war.” Benjamin Britten, composing a work for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, had half a century of war to work with. He chose nine poems by Wilfred Owen as the core of his War Requiem.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston
3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012, Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence
About the concert  |  The texts  |  Notes on the poems  |  ‘Of War and Music’

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Boston Globe: “Philharmonic joins voices in stirring War Requiem
Providence Journal: “Britten’s War Requiem glorious, memorable event”
Musical Intelligencer: “New England Philharmonic’s Impressive War Requiem
The Arts Fuse: “An Inspirational War Requiem