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Why I sing

Allison McMillan | Soprano
There is nothing like choral singing. The harmony when the overtones line up, the resolutions that are timed to feel just right, the pulsed rhythms, the texts that add meaning, the all-in connection with singers and conductors to create something of profound beauty. That’s why I sing. It gives me great joy and the chance to keep learning with every piece we sing.


Our next concert

Music for Chorus and Percussion  |  March 11-12, 2017
It’s not a combination that’s heard often: chorus with marimba, celesta, harp, fingersnaps, handclaps, bells, gong, and other percussion. The Singers will perform works by contemporary American composers Eric William Barnum, Dominick DiOrio, Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, and a new work by Michael Galib, the Singers assistant conductor. Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Charles Ives’ Psalm 90 complete the program.
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Still to come

Music of Scandinavia and the Baltics  |  May 13-14, 2017
The Aurea Ensemble joins the Providence Singers to perform music of Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ola Gjeilo, Edvard Grieg, Leevi Madetoja, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, and Jean Sibelius. The concert features six works by Gjeilo, including the world premiere of a work for chorus, piano and string quartet commissioned by the Providence Singers through its Wachner Fund for New Music.
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Save that date!
Cocktails & Cabaret: Tuesday, May 23

We’re coming back to Davol Square with a memorable evening of song, conversation, raffles, auctions, creative cocktails, 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. Get it on your calendar; ticket sales will begin soon.

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 ...