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Why I sing

Mark Nickel | Tenor
I speak English and I can handle simple conversations in German, but music is a language I don’t fully understand. No one does. Often a piece I don’t like at first reading ends up capturing me. How did the composer pull me in? Why did it take me so long to find the music? And now, a week after performance, why can’t I get Irving Fine’s Pianola D’Amore out of my head?















Our next performance
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana  |  May 8-9, 2015
The Providence Singers and Rhode Island Philharmonic take listeners for a few turns on Fortune’s wheel: Riding high like the King and Queen of Everything, then plunging to the bottom of the pile. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana uses vivid 13th-century song texts — boozy tavern scenes, tender love duets, bits of popular philosophy, even the lament of a once-proud swan now roasted for a banquet — to create a provocative yet amusing travelogue for the human condition.

6:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 — The Vets (Rush Hour Concert)
8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 — The Vets (Season Finale)  (Directions)
Program  |  Program notes (pdf)  |  Tickets online or 401-248-7000


Thank you!
Cocktails and Cabaret: | Join the Singers May 17

Cocktails? Check.  Hors d’oeuvres? Check.  Gershwin? Check.  Cole Porter? Check. Prizes, raffles, auction items? Check, check, and check.  Atmosphere? The best.  Everything is ready for “Cocktails and Cabaret,” the great 2015 fundraiser for the choral arts.

Join the Providence Singers, Board members, special guests, choral music lovers, and Master of Ceremonies Bob Colonna for an evening of music, food, drink, and fundraising to support choral education and dynamic choral music programs.

Tickets/RSVP online  |  Tickets/RSVP (pdf)  |  RSVP/information at 401-751-5700


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 ...