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Why I sing

Mark Nickel | Tenor
In grade school, all my teachers played the piano, so singing was something we did every day. Being old enough for the real children’s choir in fifth grade was an important rite of passage. There were great choirs available through high school, college, grad school, and now here in Providence. Choral singing stays with you — and you with it — if you’re lucky enough to start early.


Your turn to sing

Singers will host a community Messiah sing Sunday, November 24
You’ll find everything you need to sing Handel’s masterpiece: excellent accompaniment from a strong pianist, great voices to perform the solo movements, strong leadership in all the choral sections from members of the Providence Singers, and clear direction with commentary from our own Christine Noel. We’ll even have scores to lend you (but bring your own if you have one). The downbeat gets the performance underway at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, in the Carter Center. Refreshments will follow. Suggested donation: $5. Travel directions

A preview of our 2019-20 season  

Fauré: Requiem and Whitbourn: Luminosity  |  Saturday 9 November 2019
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, paired with Luminosity, a major work by James Whitbourn from 2007. Christine Noel conducts a performance that includes dancers from State Ballet of Rhode Island.

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Handel: Messiah  |  Saturday, 14 December 2019
Bramwell Tovey conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a holiday tradition in Providence since 2007.

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Broadway at the Biltmore  |  Saturday 28 March 2020
The Singers returns to the Biltmore Hotel for its second gala concert, this time featuring the chorus and soloists performing highlights from the musical theater. (Music from the gala will also be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in a series produced by St. Michael’s Church in Bristol.)

Verdi: Messa da Requiem  |  Friday-Saturday 1-2 May 2020
The Singers concludes the 2019-20 season as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1874 Messa da Requiem. Bramwell Tovey conducts.

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Recordings of the Providence Singers


Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both singers and listeners. He wrote it in 2013. The Providence Singers performed it in November 2014, together with three Bach motets. Little more than two years after the concert, the Singers had finished its initial Kickstarter campaign, raised additional funds, and booked a recording session at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The CD was released December 5, 2017.
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Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
La Koro Sutro, sung entirely in Esperanto and accompanied by an American gamelan — built for performances in Boston and Providence by our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project — was exotic, immediately engaging, and unlike anything the Singers had encountered before or performed since. 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, preserving ancient alliterations and a great deal of wit and charm: “Even the casual listener will notice that the whale (the trombone solo in the Intermezzo section) gets the best tune in the work. And this is as it should be since I consider the whale, not Jonah, to be the hero of the piece.” Notes on the work ...

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. Notes and composer’s commentary ...