“... the traditional Buddhist text the Heart Sutra, with the Providence Singers. This piece ends in a glorious burst of musical joy.”



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Our 40th Season

October 29-30, 2011: Celebrating 40 years of choral music
Stravinsky

Established in 1971-72 by choral enthusiasts and musicians at Brown University, the Providence Singers offers choral performances of regional and national acclaim to Rhode Island audiences. The 40th season introduces Artistic Director Betsy Burleigh, who will conduct music of Igor Stravinsky, Irving Fine, and Peter Schickele, festive Gabrieli motets for chorus and brass, and the Rhode Island première of a new work by Eric Whitacre, commissioned by the Providence Singers and other members of Chorus America). We’ll also hear from the Junior Providence Singers.

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Handel
December 10, 2011: George Frideric Handel’s Messiah

From its first performance, Handel’s Messiah has been a grand favorite of audiences. Two and a half centuries later, Handel’s masterwork easily remains the most frequently performed, most beloved work in the choral canon. For the fifth consecutive year, the Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra join forces for a December performance at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.



Benjamin Britten
March 4, 2012: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

A monument of 20th century music, Britten’s War Requiem was premièred at the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962. It interlaces the Latin mass for the dead with powerful verse by the English war poet Wilfred Owen to create a statement on the losses of war and the eternal quest for peace. The Singers will collaborate with the New England Philharmonic and Chorus pro Musica for the 50th anniversary of the work.

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Brahms
May 5, 2012: Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem

There is no fiery, threatening Dies Irae in this requiem, no sorrowful tone or extended grieving. Johannes Brahms set out to provide comfort, consolation, and beauty for the living — and succeeded magnificently. This is a beautiful and profoundly moving requiem, the largest work Brahms ever composed. The Providence Singers will perform Ein deutsches Requiem as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic.