2010-11: Our 40th Concert Season
This season the Providence Singers will achieve a long-held goal: We will present all our concerts in VMA Arts and Cultural Center, one of the region’s premier acoustic venues. We will perform music that will take maximum advantage of this magnificent space.
This season also continues some very satisfying collaborations and offers a new one. The Singers will partner with the Rhode Island Philharmonic to present Messiah in December, and the women of the Providence Singers will be guests of the Philharmonic for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 next May. We will begin the season in collaboration with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in New Bedford and at VMA.
Our efforts in choral education are prospering as well. We have expanded our artistic staff to include Nathan Zullinger, assistant conductor and director of education, who is establishing our new Young Artists Program. Participants in that program are young college- or conservatory-trained vocal professionals, who will serve as mentors, vocal coaches and section leaders for the Junior Providence Singers among other activities. The JPS themselves are coming of age as well. Later this fall they will join Sweet Honey in the Rock for a concert onstage at VMA.
This will be a year of great music and musical growth for audiences and Singers alike. Join us, won’t you?
Citizens Bank is the 2010-11 lead season advertiser for the Providence Singers. We thank Citizens and all the individuals and organizations whose support sustains our choral program.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
The Providence Singers
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
David MacKenzie, Conductor
Barbara Kilduff, Soprano
Hillary Nicholson, Mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, Tenor
James Kleyla, Baritone
“Arising in the heart, may it go to the heart!”
Beethoven’s inscription in his own score of Missa Solemnis highlights the emotional connection he aspired to create with his listeners. He took four years to compose this majestic work, one of the most profound expressions of reverence in Western music.
Sunday, October 24, 2010, at 3 p.m. in VMA Arts and Cultural Center
Georg Frederick Handel: Messiah
The Providence Singers
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Clark, Conductor
Elizabeth Weigle, Soprano
Abigail Nims, Mezzo-soprano
Matthew DiBattista, Tenor
Kevin Short, Bass-baritone
Andrew Clark conducts our fourth annual collaboration with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This year’s family-friendly concert features our favorite arias and choruses, plus a grand “Hallelujah” to celebrate the season.
Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 7 p.m. in VMA Arts and Cultural Center
Orff and Galbraith: Carmina Burana and a world première
The Providence Singers
The Rhode Island Children’s Chorus
Robert Page, Conductor
Carmina Burana (1936) sets universal human themes — the fickleness of fate, the cycle of seasons, love and life — to soaring music for grand chorus. The “O Fortuna” movement is instantly recognizable from dramatic soundtracks and sporting events.
The music of Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951) is known for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, and expressivity. The Providence Singers will perform Two Emily Dickinson Songs, commissioned by the Singers in 2007, and the world première of Sonnet 116, Galbraith’s setting of Shakespeare’s elegantly romantic poem.
Robert Page, one of America’s most honored choral conductors, is a perfect match for the concert: His recording of Carmina won a Grammy Award, and he has been a champion of Galbraith’s music and her faculty colleague at Carnegie Mellon University.
Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 7 p.m. in VMA Arts and Cultural Center
About the concert
Ladies and Gentlemen
American Music for Choruses of Men and Women
It’s rare for us, but it does happen: Tenors and basses will part company with sopranos and altos — at least for a while — as the Providence Singers presents a recital of works by Randall Thompson, Vincent Persichetti, Eric Barnum, William Dawson, David Conte, Aaron Copland, Gwineth Walker, Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Sondheim, John Fletcher, and Leonard Bernstein. We’ll offer two performances, June 4 and 5, in Providence and Bristol.
Christine Noel and Nathan Zullinger, our associate and assistant conductors, will lead the performances with pianist Patrice Newman.
8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Providence
4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at St. Michael’s Church in Bristol
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