“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.”
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The 36th Concert Season of the Providence Singers
The Singers continued their collaborations with the Newport Baroque Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and offered a unique sampling of music by George Gershwin.
Chorfest! Schütz, Bach, Brahms and beyond
Described by its composer and his patron as “a concert in the form of a German funeral mass,” the Musikalische Exequien of Heinrich Schütz is a triumphant tonal feast that transcends a sad and difficult time of war, disease and death. The Newport Baroque Orchestra joins the Providence Singers for these performances of an inventive work by the great German master. Also on the program: works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner.
Cranston: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Church
Providence: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Blessed Sacrament Church
Bristol: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at St. Mary’s Church
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Georg Frideric Handel: Messiah
Andrew Clark leads the Providence Singers, soloists, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel’s quintessential oratorio – possibly the Philharmonic’s first performance of the work.
“It’s probably the most popular piece in the choral literature, yet conductor Andrew Clark and his Providence Singers managed to make Handel’s Messiah sound fresh,” said Channing Gray of the Providence Journal.
Providence: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium
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Fascinatin’ Rhythm – A Salute to George Gershwin
He was a musical icon of America’s Jazz Age: a master of Broadway, a giant in Hollywood, an international celebrity composer and pianist, famous and fabulously wealthy well before he turned 30. His death from a brain tumor at 38 left the musical world wondering what might have been. Andrew Clark leads the Providence Singers, with soloists and pianist Patrice Newman, in a rich sampling of Gershwin’s music, from Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood to the folk opera Porgy and Bess.
Woonsocket: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2008, in the Stadium Theatre
Providence: 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2008, in Sayles Hall, Brown University
Westerly: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008, in George Kent Performance Hall
Portsmouth: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2008, at The Pennfield School
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Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Beginning in the mid-1920s, Igor Stravinsky underwent a religious and spiritual awakening – born, perhaps, from his wife’s deteriorating health and his anxieties about his own work. His Old Slavonic Pater Noster dates from 1926. The death of Serge Diaghilev in 1929 was a deep personal loss that may have led to Symphony of Psalms, a setting of Psalms 38, 39 and 150 in the Latin Vulgate text. Larry Rachleff leads the Rhode Island Philharmonic and The Providence Singers in this 20th-century choral masterwork May 3, 2008, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The Philharmonic also performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Susan Lorette Dunn.