“this was a Messiah with few if any soft spots, from crisp vocal work from the Singers, even in knotty sections ...”
Channing Gray
Providence Journal
15 December 2019
(Handel Messiah)

From the archives



The 36th Concert Season of the Providence Singers

Andrew Clark’s first season as artistic director was unusually busy, challenging and ambitious. There were new collaborations with the Newport Baroque Orchestra in the B-minor Mass and with the Kronos Quartet in Terry Riley’s Sun Rings, a NASA-commissioned work.

In March, the Singers presented a three-day choral festival, part of a nationwide effort by the National Endowment for the Arts to reacquaint Americans with their unique cultural heritage. Collaborators for the festival included Concora, a professional choral ensemble from Connecticut; the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum; and our own Junior Providence Singers and Treble Chorus. There were three world premières during the festival and the world’s first full performance of Lukas Foss’s The Prairie since at least 1986 – a performance that led to The Singers’ first day-long professional recording session.

J.S. Bach: B-minor Mass

Artistic Director Andrew Clark begins his tenure with The Providence Singers by presenting one of the acknowledged monuments of Western music. The Newport Baroque Orchestra, a professional ensemble performing on period instruments, will collaborate with The Singers on J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, in VMA Arts and Cultural Center.
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Terry Riley: Sun Rings with the Kronos Quartet

This multimedia work, commissioned by NASA and given its world première in October 2002, was a collaboration of composer Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet, and Don Gurnett, a University of Iowa professor who had been collecting space sounds for 40 years. FirstWorks Providence presents the Rhode Island première featuring the Kronos Quartet, sounds and images from space, and The Providence Singers performing the choral portions.

Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, in VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence.
Read more about  Sun Rings | Terry Riley | Kronos Quartet | FirstWorks

The Annual Holiday Concert

A bright and festive concert brings new sounds to the holiday season – selections from Poulenc’s Gloria and the Rhode Island première of Dan Locklair’s En natus est emanuel – plus carols and traditional holiday favorites. The Rhode Island Children’s Chorus and organist Andrew Galuska join The Singers in one of Rhode Island’s wonderful holiday traditions.

Saturday, Dec. 16, in Providence; Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Bristol.
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A nationwide choral event: ‘American Masterpieces’

The National Endowment for the Arts selected the Providence Singers as one of seven choral organizations nationwide to participate in its “American Masterpieces” project. The Singers and regional guest choruses offer two performances in VMA Arts and Cultural Center, featuring works by American composers, including three world premières. A conducting master class and a public discussion about new music round out the weekend festival.

Read about  March 3rd Concert  |  March 4th Concert  |  The Weekend

Poulenc: Gloria

Guest conductor Stefan Sanderling leads the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra with soprano Kendra Colton and The Providence Singers in a performance of this magnificent work, which was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation of the Library of Congress.

Saturday, April 14, 2007, in VMA Arts and Cultural Center.
Also on the program: Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (“The Great”).
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Eternal Light: English Cathedral Classics

British composers of the 20th century produced a body of work that is clear, luminous and textually powerful. One exemplar, the Requiem of Herbert Howells, was written in 1936 after the death of the composer’s 9-year-old son. Its emotional power was such that Howells did not allow its performance until 44 years later, three years before his own death. Other works in this compelling concert include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor and the Rhode Island première of Tarik O’Regan’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.

Saturday, June 2, in Providence; Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Bristol.
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