“this was a Messiah with few if any soft spots, from crisp vocal work from the Singers, even in knotty sections ...”
15 December 2019
The 2018-19 season at a glance
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem | Saturday, November 17, 2018
Dona Nobis Pacem drew on powerful verse from Walt Whitman, a famous 19th-century anti-war speech by a member of Parliament, and bits of scripture as the storm clouds were gathering once again over Europe. The Singers will perform as guests of the R.I. Philharmonic in “Armistice Centennial,” a concert marking the armistice that ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. (Christopher Warren-Green, guest conductor, will lead the performance. Also on the program: Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Elgar Cello Concerto, with cellist Colin Carr.)
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Messiah | Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the twelfth annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a fresh reading informed by Baroque performance practice.
What Sweeter Music: Songs of the Spirit | Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10, 2019
Music for chorus a cappella and chorus with organ, including works of Johannes Brahms, Edward Elgar, Julian Wachner and others. The major work on the program is the Mass in C by Josef Rheinberger, a prolific late-19th century composer now known mainly for his contributions to the organ repertoire. John Black is the guest organist.
The Heart of the Singer | Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 2019
The Wound in the Water is a 2016 composition for chorus, piano, and string orchestra by the Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen, setting verse by the Welsh poet Euan Tait. It deals with themes of mammon, the love of money that holds ruinous power over the human condition, fostering conflict and competition and blunting the capacity for love. Also on the program: Mozart’s brief Inter Natos Mulierum.