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Concert threads | November 2015

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi: Gloria  (1715)
The Vivaldi Gloria, now a well-known and frequently performed work of the choral canon, was virtually unknown until it surfaced in a clutch of forgotten manuscripts in the late 1920s. It received an inauthentic, partial performance in Siena in 1939, but the first full modern edition did not appear until 1957.
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Our 44th Season

Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart  |  November 2015
Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria; J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”); and W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
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G.F. Handel: Messiah  |  December 12, 2015
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Singers, and soloists in the ninth annual December performance of Handel’s masterwork, part of the city’s holiday performance tradition.

The British Are Coming!  |  March 2016
British Choral tradition from the 20th and 21st centuries: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi and others.

Sondheim and Bernstein  |  April 2016
Music composed for the musical theater and concert hall by two giants of modern American composition.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9  |  May 6-7, 2016
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.

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. 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 ...