Why I sing
Myles Glatter | Bass
Music has always been an important part of my life. My father, who led a jazz band in the forties, loved jazz and classical music, and everyone in my family played an instrument. Choral music became my passion during high school, and I have been singing ever since. Making music with other people is one of my greatest sources of joy, and a great way for me to relax.
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Cocktails & Cabaret: Tuesday, May 23
We’re coming back to Davol Square with a memorable evening of song, conversation, creative cocktails, a truly grand raffle, and great fun on a generous scale. Cocktails & Cabaret 2017 will raise money to support choral performance and to open the world of choral singing to more young singers. Join us Tuesday, May 23, at the Point Street Piano Bar in Davol Square — say, around 6 p.m. — and we’ll see where the evening takes us. It was wonderful last year — a great time and a lofty cultural purpose. We’re making the 2017 edition even better.
Tickets | Directions to the Piano Bar | Questions? Call 401 751-5700
An early peek at our 46th season
Baroque Brilliance | Autumn 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.
Messiah | December 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.
Of Sea and Sky | Winter 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
Also on the program: The traditional Scottish ballad Loch Lomond and the U.S. Navy Hymn.
Opera Choruses | Spring 2018
We present a grand and glorious journey through the world of opera, done up in fine formal style as a gala concert to benefit choral performance and education. 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.
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. 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 ...