“This is a crack ensemble, the like of which may not exist in our own city”
Boston Musical Intelligencer
15 November 2009
(Harrison, La Koro Sutro)
From the archives
2009-10: Our 39th Concert Season
Dear Friends of the Providence Singers:
We started our preparations early this season, with four rehearsals in August. There is so much great music in store for our 39th concert season — and such a wide range of musical styles — that we had to get an early start.
A few highlights:
- A double première. We will present the première of the première commission of our Wachner Fund for New Music: Tarik O’Regan’s Where All Is Buried, a setting of a remarkable poem by Edward Thomas.
- Our first performance with gamelan. Our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project have constructed a new gamelan — an American gamelan — for our performance of Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro.
- First encounters. We will offer our first performances of works by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Rhode Island’s own Nico Muhly.
- Our second commercial CD. The Providence Singers’ recording of Dominick Argento’s Jonah and the Whale will be introduced in November on the BMOP Music label.
- The Jazz Master. The Providence Singers is honored to perform again with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in December. We’ll sing some of Dave’s sacred works, including Canticles and a shorter work, God’s Love Made Visible.
- A new classical context. We will perform 20th-century memorial works by Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britten and Dan Locklair — all of them creating a new and different aural context for the Mozart Requiem.
We’ll present our third annual Messiah in December, and in May, we’ll join with the Rhode Island Philharmonic to see how the effervescent joy of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 sounds at the close of the 21st century’s first decade.
You will not find a season like this anywhere but in Providence. Join us, won’t you?
— Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
New World Rhythm: American Masterpieces for Chorus and Percussion
What’s new and wonderful about American choral music? The Singers will offer music by Lou Harrison (with a new American gamelan), Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Rhode Island’s own Nico Muhly, and the world première of a work by Tarik O’Regan — the first work commissioned by the Singers’ Wachner Fund for New Music. This is a collaboration with FirstWorks Festival and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
3 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2009, Beneficent Church, Providence
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Dave Brubeck: Canticles
Jazz artist Dave Brubeck is one of America’s greatest living musical treasures. The Providence Singers has performed twice with the Brubeck Quartet, presenting his Gates of Justice in Newport and New York, and the world première of The Commandments at Lincoln Center. In December, Brubeck and the Singers will perform his Canticles, a three-movement sacred work, in a concert produced by Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston.
8 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009, Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston
Georg Frideric Handel: Messiah
Andrew Clark leads the Providence Singers, soloists, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in the third annual performance of Handel’s quintessential oratorio – a new musical holiday tradition for Providence. “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.” (Channing Gray, Providence Journal)
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
Locklair, Pärt, Britten, and Mozart’s Requiem
Here’s a rare chance to hear Mozart’s timeless Requiem paired with more modern treatments of memorial themes. The concert will feature Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (1977); Britten’s own Cantata Misericordium (1963), a retelling of the Good Samaritan, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the International Red Cross; and Dan Locklair’s Stirring the Silence (2007), with the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
After nearly two centuries and thousands of performances around the world, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 delivers exactly what this sad, post-recession 21st-century world so desperately needs: a fresh, four-movement, piping-hot, double-shot serving of pure joy. Call it Freude if you like. (Mind the Götterfunken!) Beethoven’s unadorned, unabashed celebration of the human spirit is the perfect antidote. The Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Providence Singers and guest soloists offer two performances.
7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
8 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
GALA: Coming your way Friday, June 4, 2010
It’s a special evening for celebrating a wonderful season and supporting all the Singers’ activities: concerts, recordings, and choral education programs. We will present our New Rhythmus Award to honor one of America’s greatest choral champions, and there will be plenty of wonderful things to eat, drink and bid upon. And yes, of course, there will be singing ...
June 4, 2010, at the Casino in Roger Williams Park