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Steve Tundermann | Bass Emeritus
Twisting some recent lyrics: Music magnifies my soul. Choral singing challenges and uplifts me. When I'm singing, everything else leaves my head and I concentrate solely on the work at hand. I may be tired when I arrive for rehearsal, but I'm pumped up when I leave. It's a thrill to share these beautiful works – and the director's interpretation – with an audience.


Audition for the Providence Singers
The Providence Singers will conduct new member auditions by appointment on Wednesday, October 18. All voice parts are invited, particularly tenors and basses. Audition times may be scheduled by email or phone at 401-751-5700. More about auditions ....

Here’s what’s coming in our 46th season:  

Baroque Brilliance  |  Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 2017
Baroque masterworks for chorus and orchestra, including:
   • Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art
   • Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Dettingen Te Deum
   • Zelenka’s Magnificat.

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Messiah  |  Saturday, December 16, 2017
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the eleventh annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a fresh reading informed by Baroque performance practice.

Get tickets online or call 401-248-7000  |  Directions

Of Sea and Sky  |  Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018
Music inspired by the power and majesty of the natural world, including these and more:
   • Brahms’ O Schöne Nacht, Spätherbst, Abendlied, and Warum
   • Elder’s Ballade to the Moon, Sky Sonnet, and Sunrise Carol
   • Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine

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Opera Choruses  |  Saturday, May 19, 2018
Our spring concert will be quite a bit different this season. We’ve rented the 17th floor of the Biltmore Hotel for a gala performance of opera choruses. This will be a glorious journey through the world of opera, done up in fine formal style as a gala concert to benefit choral education and performance. Count on it: Giuseppe Verdi’s creations will be there for sure, with contributions from Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, and a number of their talented friends.

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Singers citrus fundraiser through October 17

Fast becoming an annual tradition, the Providence Singers teams up with Florida Indian River Groves to sell boxes of fresh citrus:

  • picked, packed, and shipped on the same day;
  • delivered to the Singers offices at the Carter Center the week of November 12
    (the precise date will be announced).

Shop/Order online or from a Singer you might know. Deadline for orders is Tuesday, October 17.
Important note: Your order must be shipped to the Singers office (use the online default “Ship to Organization”).

Not a fan of citrus? In memory of long-time alto Dotsie Shaw, the Singers will deliver your fruit to TapIn, an East Bay food pantry, to be distributed to needy families. Simply place your order, then telephone the Singers office (401-751-5700) to arrange for delivery to TapIn.

Recordings of the Providence Singers

Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both singers and listeners. He wrote it in 2013. The Providence Singers performed it in November 2014, together with three Bach motets. Little more than two years after the concert, the Singers had finished its initial Kickstarter campaign, raised additional funds, and booked a recording session at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Release is expected late in 2017. More ...

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 ...