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The 2011-12 Concert Season

Betsy Burleigh became the Providence Singers’ fifth artistic director at the start of the 40th season, which featured collaborative performances of Benjamin Britten’s massive War Requiem in Providence and Boston.


Saturday, October 29, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Church, Providence
Sunday, October 30, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston,

The Choral New Yorker | Stravinsky Mass   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Betsy Burleigh, Artistic Director

The Junior Providence Singers
T.J. Harper Music Director
Betsy Burleigh, conducting

Guillaume Dufay

Gloria

Giovanni Gabrieli

Jubilate Deo

Igor Stravinsky

Mass

Giovanni Gabrieli

Plaudite

Chen Yi (arr.)

Fengyang Song
The Junior Providence Singers

John Rutter (arr.)

Black Sheep
The Junior Providence Singers

Eric Whitacre

little man in a hurry
A Chorus America commission

Peter Schickele

Three Choruses from e.e. cummings
    dominic has
    dim / l(a
    maggie and milly and molly and may

Irving Fine

The Choral New Yorker
    Prologue: Hen Party, for full chorus
    Scherzando: Caroline Million, for women’s chorus
    Concertante: Pianola d’Amore, for men’s chorus
    Epilogue: Design for October, for full chorus


December 10, 2011, at the Vets, Providence

Messiah

The Providence Singers
Betsy Burleigh, Artistic Director

The Rhode Island Philharmonic
Larry Rachleff, Music Director
Betsy Burleigh, conducting

George Frederic Handel

Messiah


Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston
Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence

Britten: War Requiem   More about the concert

The Providence Singers
Betsy Burleigh, Artistic Director

Chorus Pro Musica
Betsy Burleigh, Music Director
Boston Children’s Chorus
Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director
Sarah Pelletier, Soprano; Frank Kelley, Tenor; Sumner Thompson, Baritone
The New England Philharmonic
Richard Pittman, Music Director, conducting

Benjamin Britten

War Requiem

Though he lived only 25 years, Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (March 18, 1893 – November 4, 1918) was among the greatest of Britain’s World War I poets. His poetry, reflecting two tours of active service in the war, was stark, descriptive, and faithfully grim for the time, in contrast to more common themes of patriotism, bravery, and military honor. Britten used nine of Owens’ poems in his six-movement War Requiem, interspersed throughout the Latin Missa pro Defunctis.


May 5, 2012, at the Vets, Providence

Brahms Requiem

The Providence Singers
Betsy Burleigh, Artistic Director

The Rhode Island Philharmonic
Larry Rachleff, Music Director, conducting

Johannes Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem