“... a dreamy take on ‘Neptune’ ... fades into the distance with the hushed pulsing of an off-stage women’s choir. The women of the Providence Singers did the honors”
Channing Gray
Providence Journal
19 October 2013
(Holst The Planets)



 





The 2006-07 Concert Season

Andrew Clark’s first season as artistic director was unusually busy, challenging and ambitious. There were new collaborations with the Newport Baroque Orchestra in the B-minor Mass and with the Kronos Quartet in Terry Riley’s Sun Rings, a NASA-commissioned work.

In March, the Singers presented a three-day choral festival, one of seven “American Masterpieces” festivals funded nationwide by the National Endowment for the Arts to reacquaint Americans with their unique cultural heritage. Collaborators for the festival included CONCORA, a professional choral ensemble from Connecticut; the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum; the Junior Providence Singers; and The Treble Chorus. There were three world premières during the festival and the world’s first full performance of Lukas Foss’s The Prairie since at least 1986 – a performance that led to The Singers’ first day-long professional recording session.


Saturday, October 28, 2006, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center.

The B-minor Mass   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
The Newport Baroque Orchestra
Paul Cienniwa, Founding Artistic Director
with Amanda Forsythe, Soprano; Laura Choi Stuart, Soprano;
Deborah Rentz-Moore, Mezzo-soprano; Alan Schneider, Tenor
Donald Wilkinson, Baritone

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor


Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, in VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence

Sun Rings

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
The Kronos Quartet

Terry Riley

Sun Rings

This multimedia work, commissioned by NASA and given its world première in October 2002, was a collaboration of composer Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet, and Don Gurnett, a University of Iowa professor who had been collecting space sounds for 40 years. FirstWorks Providence presents the Rhode Island première featuring the Kronos Quartet, sounds and images from space, and The Providence Singers performing the choral portions.


Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at St. Mary’s Church, Bristol

Joyful Gifts   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
Rhode Island Children’s Chorus
Christine Noel, Conductor
Andrew Galuska, organ

David Willcocks (arr.)

O Come all Ye Faithful

George Frederic Handel

And the Glory of the Lord from Messiah

Francis Poulenc

Gloria and Laudamus Te from Gloria

Healy Willan

The Three Kings

Morton Lauridsen

O Magnum Mysterium

John Rutter (arr.)

I Wonder as I Wander

Rutter

Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Willcocks (arr.)

Jingle Bells

Handel

Hallelujah! from Messiah (for all to sing)

Marcel Dupré

Variations Sur un Noel
Andrew Galuska, organ

Various Composers

Selections by the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus

Dan Locklair

En natus est Emmanuel

Robert Page (arr.)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Paul Landford (arr.)

Feliz Navidad

Paul Johnson (arr.)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Rutter (arr.)

Joy to the World!


Saturday, March 3, 2007, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence

NEA Festival: American Treasures   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director

John Corigliano

Fern Hill
Setting the poem by Dylan Thomas

Carlyle Sharpe

Proud Music of the Storm
Setting the poem by Walt Whitman

Lukas Foss

The Prairie
Setting the poem by Carl Sandburg


Sunday, March 4, 2007, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence

NEA: American Masterpieces   More about the concert
Twenty-Five Works | Three World Premières | Five Choirs

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
CONCORA, Richard Coffey, Artistic Director
Junior Providence Singers, Andrew Clark, Music Director
The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Jameson Marvin, Conductor
The Treble Chorus, Melissa Reynolds, Director

Selections presented by The Junior Providence Singers and Treble Chorus

William Billings

Wake Ev’ry Breath

Stephen Foster

Hard Times Come Again No More

John Delorey (arr.)

Deal Gently, Lord, With Thy Servants

Trevor Weston

O Daedalus, Fly Away Home (a world première)
Text by Robert Hayden
Performed with Treble Chorus

Selections presented by The Providence Singers

Stephen Paulus

Pilgrims’ Hymn

Christopher Trapani

O now the drenched land wakes
Poem by Kenneth Patchen

H.T. Burleigh

My Lord, What a Mornin’

Robert Page (arr.)

Amazing Grace
Performed with the Junior Singers and Trebles

Selections presented by CONCORA

Leonard Bernstein

Almighty Father from Mass

Nathaniel Dett

Ave Maria

Ned Rorem

Breathe on Me, Breath of God
God Is Gone Up

Nancy Galbraith

Two Emily Dickinson Songs (a world première)

Chen Yi

The Flowing Stream from Chinese Folk Songs

Eric Whitacre

Water Night

Alice Parker (arr.)

Motherless Child

Brazeal Dennard (arr.)

Fare Ye Well

Selections presented by The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum

Earl Kim

Selections from Some Thoughts on Keats and Coleridge
    Frost at Midnight
    Ode to a Nightingale
    To Autumn

Donald Martino

Eternitie from Seven Pious Pieces

Morten Lauridsen

O Nata Lux from Lux Aeterna

Steven Sametz

Munus

Jameson Marvin

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/All Night, All Day

Concluding selection by all performers

Jameson Marvin

Each Future Song
Text by Phillis Wheatley


Saturday, April 14, 2007, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center

Poulenc: Gloria

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
The Rhode Island Philharmonic
Stefan Sanderling, Guest Conductor
with Kendra Colton, Soprano

Francis Poulenc

Gloria

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 9 (“The Great”)


Saturday, June 2, 2007 in Providence
Sunday, June 3, 2007, at St. Mary’s Church, Bristol

Eternal Light: English Cathedral Classics   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director

Tarik O’Regan

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Mass in G minor

Herbert Howells

Requiem