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Why I sing

Allison McMillan | Soprano
There is nothing like choral singing. The harmony when the overtones line up, the resolutions that are timed to feel just right, the pulsed rhythms, the texts that add meaning, the all-in connection with singers and conductors to create something of profound beauty. That’s why I sing. It gives me great joy and the chance to keep learning with every piece we sing.















Our next performance
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
The Ninth Symphony has marked so many historic events that the United Nations added Beethoven’s autograph to its Memory of the World Programme Heritage list, the first musical composition so honored. The Providence Singers will join the Philharmonic for two performances: Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2016.

6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 — The Vets (Rush Hour Concert)
8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 — The Vets (Season Finale)
Tickets online or 401-248-7000  |  Directions


Save that date!
Back by popular demand: Cocktails & Cabaret

Last year in Pawtucket, this year in Davol Square: a memorable evening of song, conversation, raffles, auctions, creative cocktails, and bonhomie on a generous scale. Cocktails & Cabaret 2016 will raise money to support choral performance and to open the choral experience to more young singers. Join us at the Point Street Piano Bar in Davol Square — say, around 5 p.m. — and we’ll see where the evening takes us. It’s going to be fun — a great time and a lofty cultural purpose. Call 401-751-5700 or email Collette Royer for information or to RSVP.

5 p.m. Sunday, June 12 (Details)  |  RSVP online  |  The Piano Bar (directions)



Now it’s your turn to sing!
Join us for a Mozart Requiem Community Sing

Here’s a chance to read through one of the great works in the choral canon. As you sing, you’ll learn about the music from conductor Christine Noel. You’ll have strong accompaniment from pianist Patrice Newman, and you’ll enjoy the moral and vocal support of perhaps a hundred enthusiastic voices. (More than 170 sang at our Carmina Burana session.) Singers of all ages, voice parts, and skill levels are welcome. Admission is $10, including a reception. Bring a score if you have one (we’ll have a supply to lend). Call 401-751-5700 or email Collette Royer for information or to reserve your seat.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 | 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
The Philharmonic’s Carter Center (directions)




2016-17: A preview of our 45th season

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

Handel: 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 of Scandanavia and the Baltics  |  March 11-12, 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.



Music for Chorus and Percussion  |  May 13-14, 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.


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” — drew inspiration from 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 ...