“... the traditional Buddhist text the Heart Sutra, with the Providence Singers. This piece ends in a glorious burst of musical joy”
Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times
5 November 2015
(CD: Harrison La Koro Sutro)



 





The 2007-08 Concert Season

December 2007 marked the first of more than a dozen annual performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Andrew Clark conducted the orchestra and chorus, as would his successors Betsy Burleigh and Christine Noel. Collaborations continued with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Newport Baroque Orchestra, and a Gershwin tribute led the Singers to concerts in Woonsocket, Providence, Westerly and Portsmouth.


Friday, October 26, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston
Saturday, October 27, 2007, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Providence

CHORFEST
Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, Schütz   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
The Newport Baroque Orchestra
Paul Cienniwa, Founding Artistic Director

Johann Sebastian Bach

Lobet den Herrn

Johannes Brahms

O Heiland Reiß die Himmel auf

Edwin London

Bach Again: Come Sweet Death

Anton Bruckner

Ave Maria Os Justi

Heinrich Schütz

Musikalische Exequien


Saturday, December 8, 2007, at VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence

Messiah   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Larry Rachleff, Music Director
with Kristen Watson, Soprano; Paula Murrihy, Mezzo-soprano
Richard Heard, Tenor; Sumner Thompson, Baritone
Andrew Clark, conducting

George Frederic Handel

Messiah


Thursday, March 27, 2008, at The Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket
Friday, March 28, 2008, at Sayles Hall, Brown University
Saturday, March 29, 2008, at George Kent Performance Hall, Westerly
Sunday, March 30, 2008, at The Pennfield School, Portsmouth

Fascinatin’ Rhythm
A Salute to George Gershwin   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Andrew Clark, Artistic Director
with Patrice Newman, Piano
Joei Perry, Soprano; Glorivy Arroyo, Mezzo-soprano
Christian Figueroa, Tenor; David Howse, Bass

Music from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway Stage and Hollywood Films

George Gershwin

Swanee (1918, added to Al Jolson’s show Sinbad in 1919)
Nobody But You (1919, La La Lucille)
Bidin’ My Time (1930, Girl Crazy)
Fascinating Rhythm (1924, Lady Be Good)
Isn’t it a Pity (1933, from Pardon My English)
Liza (1929, from Show Girl)
Someone to Watch Over Me (1926, from Oh Kay!)
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (1937, from Shall We Dance)

Gershwin

Prelude No. 2
Patrice Newman, Piano

Music from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway Stage and Hollywood Films

Gershwin

Rose of Madrid (1922, from George White Scandals)

Robert Page (arr.)

A Gershwin Medley
    How Long Has This Been Going On? (1928, from Rosalie)
    Somebody Loves Me (1922, from Scandals)
    Mine (1933, from Let Them Eat Cake)

Gershwin

A Foggy Day (1937, from A Damsel in Distress)
I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (1922, from Scandals)
I Got Rhythm (1930, from Girl Crazy)

Selections from the folk opera Porgy and Bess (1935), sung from the original score

Gershwin

Selections from Porgy and Bess
    Summertime (Soprano and Women of the Chorus)
    It Ain’t Necessarily So (Tenor and Chorus)
    Gone, Gone, Gone / Overflow (Soprano and Chorus)
    My Man’s Gone (Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus)
    Headin’ for the Promised Land (Soprano and Chorus)
    I Got Plenty o’ Nothin’ (Bass and Chorus)
    Bess, You Is My Woman Now (Bass and Soprano)
    A Woman Is a Sometime Thing (Bass and Chorus)
    O Lawd, I’m on My Way (Chorus)


May 3, 2008, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence

Stravinsky and Mahler

Andrew Clark, Artistic Director The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Larry Rachleff, Music Director
with Susan Lorette Dunn, Soprano
Larry Rachleff, conducting

Igor Stravinsky

Symphony of Psalms

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 4