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Concert threads | April 2014

Traversing the fruited plains by rail
In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates, a 36-year-old English teacher at Wellesley College, took a train out West, observing fruited plains and purple mountains. Most of the poem “America the Beautiful” came to her atop Pikes Peak. (The alabaster city was Chicago, with its bright new buildings for the 1893 Columbian Exposition.)
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All American  |  April 26-27, 2014
We offer music from the American experience, from the colonial era composer William Billings to 20th-century masters Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber with a generous helping of composers working today. A highlight: The world première of Bears by Boston composer Elena Ruehr, setting a poem by Adrienne Rich. The work was commissioned by the Providence Singers with its Wachner Fund for New Music.

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Still to come this season:

  • Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé — 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at The Vets, Providence, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • Summer Sing: Carmina Burana — 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Carter Center. A Singers tradition returns: This is your chance to sing through Carl Orff’s classic score. Bring a score if you have one; we’ll have some to lend. Christine Noel conducts Orff’s version for two pianos.

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An early look at 2014-15, our 43rd season

  • November 22-23, 2014: Dvořák
    Antonin Dvořák: Mass in D; Franz Biebl: Ave Maria; John Tavener: Song for Athene; Arvo Pärt: Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer.
  • December 20, 2014: Messiah
    Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence Singers in G.F. Handel’s Messiah.
  • March 21-22, 2015: Requiem for the Living
    Three motets of Johann Sebastian Bach (Komm, Jesu, Komm; Lobet Den Herrn; Jesu, Meine Freude) and Dan Forrest’s 2013 Requiem for the Living.
  • May 9, 2015: Carmina Burana
    The Providence Singers joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.


Recordings of the Providence Singers

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
Our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and will bring Lou Harrison’s music to market. BMOP will pair the Singers’ recording of La Koro Sutro with Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan to make an extraordinary CD with a likely release date this spring. More ...

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. Call the Singers office for more information. 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 ...