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Why I sing

Mark Nickel | Tenor
I sing partly for the discoveries. I didn’t care for the music of Benjamin Britten until Julian Wachner took us through Rejoice in the Lamb in 1996. It was stunning. Once I understood how to handle the complex meters — 5/8, 9/8, 11/8 — a whole world opened up. The War Requiem (2012) was a life-altering choral experience. We got to sing Rejoice in the Lamb again in Christine Noel’s first season.















For your calendar: Our 45th season

Requiem  |  October 14-15, 2016
The Providence Singers’ 45th season begins with the Mozart Requiem, a guest performance with the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Messiah  |  December 10, 2016
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Singers, and soloists in the tenth annual December performance of Handel’s masterwork.


Music for Chorus and Percussion  |  March 11-12, 2017
It’s not a combination that’s heard often: chorus with marimba, celesta, harp, fingersnaps, handclaps, bells, gong, and other percussion. The Singers will perform works by contemporary American composers Dan Forrest, Dominick DiOrio, Eric Whitacre, and a new work by Michael Galib, the Singers assistant conductor. Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Charles Ives’ Psalm 90, an extraordinarily modern piece from 1923, complete the program.


Music of Scandinavia and the Baltics  |  May 13-14, 2017
The Aurea Ensemble joins the Providence Singers to perform music of Ola Gjeilo, Jean Sibelius, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Edvard Grieg, and Ēriks Ešenvalds. The concert features six works by Gjeilo, including the world premiere of a work for chorus, piano and string quartet, commissioned by the Providence Singers through its Wachner Fund for New Music.



A season extra: Our fourth studio recording
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, performed by the Singers in November 2014, made a lasting impression on chorus and audience alike. (His Sanctus — “Pleni sunt caeli” / “The heavens are full”) — drew inspiration from images taken by the Hubble telescope.) In January 2017, the Singers will head to Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., to record the piece, for chorus and chamber orchestra.




Recordings of the Providence Singers

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
Our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and brought Lou Harrison’s music to market. BMOP paired the Singers’ recording of La Koro Sutro with Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan to make an extraordinary CD, released in July 2014. Program Notes  |  Read the Globe’s review

Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale
Jonah was a difficult prophet. He tried to wriggle out of divine assignments and whined loudly enough to annoy even God. Dominick Argento used medieval poetry, the Book of Jonah and other sources to prepare the libretto for this composition. More ...

Lukas Foss: The Prairie
Lukas Foss fled Nazi Germany with his family – first to Paris in 1933 and then to the United States in 1937. He was 15 when he arrived in Philadelphia to begin his studies at the Curtis Institute. Foss embraced his new homeland – “... as a boy of 15, I fell in love with America,” he said – becoming a U.S. citizen in 1942. He found Carl Sandburg’s poem when he was 19 and began almost immediately to set it to music, adapting it himself without a librettist. The Singers loved it as well. More ...