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Concert threads | March 2015

Franz Biebl’s Ivy League connection
Franz Biebl, choral director for the Bayerischen Rundfunk, invited the Cornell Glee Club to include a radio recording session during its tour of Germany in 1970. The club brought several of Biebl’s compositions back to the States and premiered them. The Ave Maria, recorded by Chanticleer, became rapidly popular.
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Our next performance
Antonin Dvorak
Antonín Dvořák
Mass and Magnificat  |  March 28-29, 2015
Antonín Dvořák’s Mass in D major, composed in 1887, was an immediate and lasting success in its orchestrated version. The Singers will perform Dvořák’s original version for chorus and organ, which was not published until 1963. Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat (1989), for chorus a cappella, is a gentle, minimalist work that develops unexpected power and presence. Also on the program are two works of Felix Mendelssohn (Verleih’ uns Frieden and Hear My Prayer), Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Te Deum in B-flat, and John Tavener’s Song for Athene, performed as the recessional at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 — Central Congregational Church, Providence  (Directions)
3 p.m. Sunday, Sunday, March 29, 2015 — St Mary's Church, Bristol  (Directions)
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Coming in January:
Sixth annual Young Men’s Choral Festival

Yes, Real Men Sing!® — and they get better at it every year. Harvard choral director Andrew Clark, who founded the YMCF when he was artistic director of the Providence Singers, returns as clinician. The YMCF is a single, jam-packed day of music, camaraderie, pizza, and performance for choral young men in grades eight through twelve — and continuing education credits for choral educators and conductors. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College.

More about YMCF  |  Registration form (pdf)


Still to come in our 43rd season

  • 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. 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 ...