Chorus to collaborate with RI Philharmonic and Newport Baroque in concerts throughout RI
On May 17, the Board of Trustees of The Providence Singers approved the 2007-08 season, as proposed by artistic director Andrew Clark. The chorus’ 36th season features great cantatas by celebrated German composers, a special
Messiah collaboration with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and a springtime salute to American composer George Gershwin. The Providence Singers will perform in venues throughout Rhode Island, presenting concerts in Providence, Bristol, Newport, Woonsocket and Westerly.
October 26-28, 2007: CHORFEST!
The Providence Singers opens the season with German choral treasures from the baroque, classical, romantic, and current eras. Featured composers include several “all-stars” of German music – J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, and Heinrich Schütz – plus a contemporary cantata by award-winning Wolfgang Rihm. The Providence Singers presents these concerts in collaboration with Newport Baroque Orchestra, at venues in Providence, Bristol and Newport.
December 8, 2007: Handel’s Messiah
The Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic join forces to present Handel’s majestic holiday favorite. Andrew Clark conducts this special collaborative performance, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
March 27-30, 2008: Fascinatin’ Rhythm – A Gershwin Salute
The Providence Singers celebrates the great American composer’s lyrical legacy – from Porgy and Bess highlights to Broadway show tunes and Tin Pan Alley classics. Multiple performances take the chorus on a Rhode Island “mini-tour,” including its first-ever appearance at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, and a return to George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, where the Providence Singers last performed in 2001.
Season tickets may be purchased by calling the Providence Singers office at 401-751-5700, or visiting http://www.ProvidenceSingers.org.
About the Providence Singers
The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of masterworks and contemporary works, new music commissions, education programs, and creative collaborations.
Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is a leading choral performance and education organization serving southern New England. Led by artistic director Andrew Clark, the 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series of masterworks and contemporary works, and has been called “beautifully blended, with crisp entrances and buttery phrasing” (Providence Journal). The Providence Singers makes frequent guest appearances throughout the region, including annual concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic; the chorus has also performed recently with the Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Providence Festival, and with Dave Brubeck at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.
The Providence Singers advances the choral tradition through the commission and performance of new works, with the support of its Wachner Fund for New Music, established to commemorate former artistic director Julian Wachner’s decade of service. In March, the organization hosted one of seven American Masterpieces Choral Festivals sponsored this year by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Providence Singers also offers intensive choral education programs for 4th-12th grade students, in partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and The Music School.