“An impressively poised, solemn, and moving performance that brought honor to all the ensembles involved”
Jeremy Eichler
Boston Globe
5 March 2012
(Britten War Requiem)



 





The 2005-06 Concert Season

Julian Wachner’s final season as artistic director capped a decade of remarkable growth. The season included a world première of a Dave Brubeck composition with the Brubeck Quartet at Lincoln Center, a very satisfying performance of the Verdi Requiem in New Haven and Providence, and pieces that had become Singers’ favorites, including the Ives Psalm 90, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and the Rachmaninoff Vespers.


Wednesday, September 14, 2005, at the Rose Theater, Lincoln Center, New York

Brubeck at Lincoln Center   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Julian Wachner, Artistic Director
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director Designate
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Alberto Mizrahi, Tenor, and Kevin Deas, Baritone
Russell Gloyd, Conductor

Dave Brubeck

The Gates of Justice

Brubeck

The Commandments (a world première)


Thursday, November 3, 2005, at Woolsey Hall, New Haven, Conn.
Saturday, November 5, 2005, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence

Verdi Requiem   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Julian Wachner, Artistic Director
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director Designate
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Jung-Ho Pak, Music Director
with Barbara Quintiliani, Soprano; Margaret Lattimore, Mezzo-soprano
Stefano Algieri, Tenor; James Kleyla, Bass

Giuseppe Verdi

Messa da Requiem


Saturday, December 17, 2005, in Providence
Sunday, December 18, 2005, at St. Mary’s Church, Bristol

The Annual Holiday Concert

The Providence Singers
Julian Wachner, Artistic Director
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director Designate

Andrew Clark led The Singers in this year’s holiday concert, which featured a string quartet, harp, guitar and organ. In addition to settings of traditional carols, The Singers offered some new holiday sounds, including Alf Houkum’s “Rune of Hospitality,” and Steve Heitzeg’s setting of the e.e. cummings poem, “Little Tree.” The Singers also performed two movements from the Rachmaninoff Vespers, which the group would perform in its entirety as the season’s last concert.


Saturday, March 4, 2006, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence, R.I.

Glory! American Psalms   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Julian Wachner, Artistic Director
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director Designate
The Junior Providence Singers
The Rhode Island Children’s Choir
Christine Noel, Director
with Jason Abrams, Countertenor
Heinrich Christensen, Organ
Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, Harp

Julian Wachner

Jubilate Deo (a world première)

Lukas Foss

Psalms

Leonard Bernstein

Chichester Psalms

Wachner

Psalm Cycle III

Charles Ives

Psalm 90


Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston
Friday, June 9, 2006, at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, Woonsocket
Saturday, June 10, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Church, Providence
Sunday, June 11, 2006, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Bristol

Rachmaninoff Vespers   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Julian Wachner, Artistic Director
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director Designate

Sergei Vassilyevich Rachmaninoff

All-Night Vigil (Vespers)

For the Singers and Julian Wachner, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers became a measure of growth and change. Since the previous performances in the spring of 2001, Julian had traveled in Ukraine, heard the Vespers in St. Petersburg, and developed new perspectives on the piece. The Singers had grown artistically and as an organization. The Vespers would be the perfect end to Julian’s decade as artistic director.

And so it was. At the end of a very satisfying performance at St. Michael’s in Bristol, Julian chose to perform the “Bogoroditse Devo” as an encore, as the final piece he and the chorus would sing together. With many of the Singers emotionally overextended and unable to utter a sound, the Maestro finally achieved the true pianissimo he had been seeking so long ...