Concert threads | November 2014

Choral mantra: Ich steh’ hier und singe
In 1650 the German Lutheran poet Johann Franck created an image of defiance in the face of evil and adversity. Bach worked it into Jesu, Meine Freude. Choral singers today recognize that strength. Whatever troubles life and the world can pose: Bring it on! Ich steh’ hier und singe — I will stand here and sing!
More about the concert

Boston Globe
Album review: Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro

Jeremy Eichler describes Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro, in a 2009 concert by the Boston Modern Orchestra and the Providence Singers, as a “work that seemed to drift in from an altogether distant cultural universe, tranquil and sun-drenched: California of the early 1970s.” Above the sound of BMOP’s own handmade American gamelan, “the Providence Singers (Andrew Clark, director) again render this lullingly pentatonic music with warmth and clarity.  (Read the review)

2014-15, our 43rd season

  • November 22-23, 2014: Bach and Beyond
    Three motets of Johann Sebastian Bach (Komm, Jesu, Komm; Lobet Den Herrn; Jesu, Meine Freude) and Dan Forrest’s 2013 Requiem for the Living. Performances in Providence and Bristol.  Program details
  • December 20, 2014: Messiah
    Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence Singers in G.F. Handel’s Messiah.
  • March 28-29, 2015: Mass and Magnificat
    Antonin Dvořák: Mass in D; Franz Biebl: Ave Maria; John Tavener: Song for Athene; Arvo Pärt: Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer. Performances in Providence and Bristol. (Note new dates for this concert.)
  • May 8-9, 2015: Carmina Burana
    The Providence Singers joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for “Rush Hour” and regular season performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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. More ...

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 ...