Why I sing

Neil Brafman | Tenor
I sing because coming together to bring great music to life is the opposite of both ordinary loneliness and cosmic loneliness.

Whoa, Fortuna!
Thanks to the capacity crowd of Carmina Burana summer singers

A Singers tradition returned in a big way on a Friday night in June. About 170 singers from as far away as New Bedford gave a spirited reading of Carl Orff’s classic score, with its boozy tavern scenes and dizzying turns on Fortune’s wheel. Christine Noel conducted a roomful of chorus, with soloists Josh Krugman, baritone; David Moniz, tenor; Martha Gannon, soprano; a Ragazzi choir of Rhode Island Children’s Chorus staff; and pianist Patrice Newman as an orchestra of one.

And yes, there was a thunderous ovation at the end. Our thanks to everyone who helped make our first summer sing in more than a decade a great success.

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

  • November 22-23, 2014: 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. Performances in Providence and Bristol.
  • December 20, 2014: Messiah
    Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence Singers in G.F. Handel’s Messiah.
  • March 28-29, 2015: Dvořák
    Antonin Dvořák: Mass in D; Franz Biebl: Ave Maria; John Tavener: Song for Athene; Arvo Pärt: Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer. Performances in Providence and Bristol. (Note new dates for this concert.)
  • May 8-9, 2015: Carmina Burana
    The Providence Singers joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for “Rush Hour” and regular season performances 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 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. 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 ...