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Concert threads | December 12, 2015

Messiah: Gentlemen, please — no swords
Dublin impresarios anticipated a very full house for Messiah’s premiere April 13, 1742, at the New Music Hall in Fishambe Street. To accommodate more concertgoers, ladies were asked not to wear fashions with hoops, and gentlemen were asked not to wear swords.
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Our next performance
G.F. Handel: Messiah

Whether in springtime or winter — Easter or Christmas — choruses and orchestras the world over have performed Handel’s masterwork for nearly two and a half centuries. The Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic have presented fresh annual readings of the classic work since December 2007. Christine Noel conducts chorus, orchestra, and soloists.

7 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015, at The Vets  Tickets

Still ahead this season:

Coming in January:
Eighth annual Young Men’s Choral Festival

Yes, Real Men Sing!® — and they get better at it every year. Reed Spencer, choral conductor, lyric baritone, and choral educator, joins us as choral clinician. The YMCF is a single, jam-packed day of music, camaraderie, pizza, and performance for choral young men in grades eight through twelve — with continuing education opportunities for choral educators and conductors. Friday, Jan. 29, 2015, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College.

More about YMCF  |  Registration form (pdf)

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 ...