Why I sing
Mel Shelly | Tenor Emeritus
When God decided to become spiritual, she didn’t want to be alone, so she divided her best songs into many parts and spread them across the world. Every now and then, through some mysterious, transcendent serendipity, some of those remarkable pieces of her song come together when we assemble. Usually in rehearsal. Who would not want to be a part of this?
Still to come in our 2019-20 season
Broadway at the Biltmore | Saturday 28 March 2020
The Singers returns to the Biltmore Hotel for its second gala concert, this time featuring the chorus and soloists performing highlights from the musical theater.
Verdi: Messa da Requiem | Friday-Saturday 1-2 May 2020
The Singers concludes the 2019-20 season as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1874 Messa da Requiem. Bramwell Tovey conducts.
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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. The CD was released December 5, 2017.
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Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
La Koro Sutro, sung entirely in Esperanto and accompanied by an American gamelan — built for performances in Boston and Providence by our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project — was exotic, immediately engaging, and unlike anything the Singers had encountered before or performed since. 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, preserving ancient alliterations and a great deal of wit and charm: “Even the casual listener will notice that the whale (the trombone solo in the Intermezzo section) gets the best tune in the work. And this is as it should be since I consider the whale, not Jonah, to be the hero of the piece.” Notes on the work ...
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. Notes and composer’s commentary ...