“... the traditional Buddhist text the Heart Sutra, with the Providence Singers. This piece ends in a glorious burst of musical joy”
Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times
5 November 2015
(CD: Harrison La Koro Sutro)

From the archives



The 34th Concert Season of the Providence Singers

Two summertime concerts – Beethoven’s Ninth in Boston and Dave Brubeck’s Gates of Justice at the Newport Jazz Festival – stretched the 33rd season in wonderful and memorable ways. The spring concert featured the world première of a most exotic commissioned work, Trevor Weston’s Ma’at Musings.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on Boston Common

Charles Ansbacher led the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, soloists and chorus in a performance of the Ninth that surmounted the sounds of an urban summer evening – motorcycles roaring around the periphery of Boston Common, jets climbing away from Logan Airport, sirens, diesel horns, bicycle bells, doors slamming. Lots of Freude, lots of Götterfunken.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10, 2004, on Boston Common
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Brubeck: Gates of Justice at Newport Jazz Festival

Texts from the Old Testament, Martin Luther King Jr. and other sources and the beatific presence of Dave Brubeck with his quartet left the Singers with a musical high that lasted well past Labor Day.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, Rogers H.S. Auditorium, Newport
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Franz Josef Haydn: The Creation

And there was ... LIGHT! Haydn’s masterwork may contain the most triumphant C-major chord ever written. But in an age of science, would The Creation still matter? Yes, said biologist Kenneth Miller in an introductory essay.

8 p.m Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence
4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven
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Holidays in New England

Guest conductor L. Frederick Jodry led The Singers in majestic settings by Giovanni Gabrieli and Samuel Scheidt, four motets by Francis Poulenc, The Midwife’s Tale by James Woodman, and more.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, Pawtucket Congretational Church
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, St. Joseph’s Church, Providence
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, St. Mary’s Church, Bristol
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New Music for a New Age

Julian Wachner led The Singers in music from the closing decades of the 20th century – Lauridsen, Gorecki, Tavener, Ruehr, his own Sometimes I Feel Alive (commissioned for The Singers in 1998) and the world première of Trevor Weston’s Ma’at Musings, an exotic work for chorus and percussion.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, St. Joseph’s Church, Providence
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, St. Mary’s Church, Bristol
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Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

A rousing finish to a magnificent season: Larry Rachleff led the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Providence Singers and the Northern Rhode Island Children’s Chorus in two spirited performances of Orff’s earthy classic.

8 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2005, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence
8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2005, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence
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