2002-03

The 32nd Concert Season of the Providence Singers

The 2002-03 season saw the beginning of a collaboration with the Rhode Island Philharmonic that has continued through 2006-07. The American Psalms in November and Handel’s Israel in Egypt produced some of the most memorable experiences of Julian Wachner’s tenure as artistic director.


Sing We Praises: American Psalms and Alleluias

The Singers performed striking, haunting works from Trevor Weston’s distillation of airborne ash in Manhattan on 9-11, to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Charles Ives’s Psalm 90. The Singers would return to the latter two for the 2005-06 concert season. Julian Wachner and Andrew Clark led pre-concert discussions 45 minutes before each concert.

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at Saint Mary’s Church in Bristol
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at Grace Church in Providence

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Ding-Dong Merrily! The Annual Holiday Concert

Andrew Clark led The Singers in a wide variety of seasonal music, from Sacred Harp to spirituals, Renaissance settings to American popular classics. A Christmas concert in Bristol – The Singers’ fourth consecutive appearance there – has become a seasonal tradition.

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Grace Church in Providence
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Saint Mary’s Church in Bristol

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G. F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Handel’s oratorio of deliverance was a deeply moving experience for the Singers and their audiences, particularly an audience that included Holocaust survivors Sunday afternoon. Julian Wachner and Andrew Clark led a discussion of the work 45-minutes before each concert.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Grace Church in Providence
3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Temple Emanu-El in Providence

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Beethoven’s Ninth, the first of the Singers’ appearances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, was a success all around. With a sold-out house weeks ahead of the concert, the Philharmonic added a Friday concert. Andrew Clark’s pre-concert talk was well-received, and The Singers earned a memorable compliment: “Conducting this chorus,” Maestro Larry Rachleff said during a post-concert discussion, “was like driving a Porsche.”

8 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2003, VMA Arts and Culture Center, Providence
8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2003, VMA Arts and Culture Center, Providence

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