Celebrate the season with MESSIAH on Saturday, Dec. 15, at The VETS


The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers take a bow following their 2016 performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Christine Noel conducts the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers and 4 Soloists

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers usher in the holiday season with the perennial favorite, Handel’s Messiah, featuring the Hallelujah Chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites. Christine Noel, Artistic Director of the Providence Singers, conducts the Orchestra, Singers and soloists—soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad, mezzo-soprano Margaret Lias, tenor Marc Molomot and baritone Nicholas Laroche, who is a Woonsocket native. The concert is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at The VETS.

“The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers are delighted to bring you a fresh and inspiring presentation of Handel’s Messiah. For 12 seasons, we have enjoyed sharing the stage with the Orchestra and talented soloists to bring to the community this glorious work.”

–Christine Noel
Artistic Director of the Providence Singers and Conductor

Buy Tickets

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence–in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and the day following). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.-showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to boxoffice@riphil.org.

***At a Glance***

Handel’s Messiah
RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers
Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Christine Noel, conductor
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano
Marc Molomot, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass
Providence Singers



About Christine Noel, Conductor and Artistic Director, Providence Singers
Christine Noel is delighted to return to the Rhode Island Philharmonic for the annual performance of Messiah with the Providence Singers. She recently conducted the Singers with the Orchestra in J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Dr. Noel has led the Providence Singers through world premieres, commissions and, most recently, the Singers’ fourth commercial recording—Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. She has served on the music faculty and as Director of Choral Activities at Clark University, Worcester, and as Musical Director at Trinity Repertory Company. She has prepared choruses for Larry Rachleff, Robert Page and Bramwell Tovey, RI Philharmonic’s Artistic Advisor. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, which has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, and will make its debut at Carnegie Hall this season. An active guest conductor, festival clinician and adjudicator, she holds a Master of Music and a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Conducting from Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones. Her undergraduate degree is in music education from Rhode Island College, which awarded her a grant from the Ridgway F. Shinn, Jr. Study Abroad Fund, enabling her to spend a year of study at the Kodály Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Dr. Noel completed the superior level of Italian studies at the Università degli Studi di Firenze and served as assistant conductor and vocal coach for two Italian choirs, Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze.

About the soloists

Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Commended by the Boston Globe for her “crystalline tone and graceful musicality,” soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad is a versatile performer whose recent highlights include Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Abra and Ozias), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna and Giunone; Grammy-nominated recording with Linn Records) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with Boston Baroque. She has also appeared with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach’s St. John Passion (soprano soloist), Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel’s Samson (Israelite Woman); Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); Knussen’s Symphony No.2 for high soprano with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded second place in the 2014 American Prize competition’s art song and oratorio division.

Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano
Margaret Lias has been celebrated for her “warm, arresting and rich-toned” singing. Since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with the Handel and Haydn Society, Ms. Lias has been a frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers. In 2015, Margaret received praise for her Lincoln Center solo debut singing Mozart’s Requiem. Select solo appearances in 2018 and 2019 include Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Masterworks Chorale, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Coro, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bach Festival and Emmanuel Music.

 Marc Molomot, tenor
Possessed of a rare high-tenor voice and a winning stage persona that comfortably embraces both comedic and dramatic roles, Marc Molomot enjoys an international career in opera and on the concert stage. Originally known for appearances with the world’s leading early music ensembles and conductors including William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan and Andrew Parrott, Mr. Molomot is now praised as “an excellent actor-singer” in repertoire of all eras. Recent and upcoming engagements of note include Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Chicago Opera Theater and a COT co-production with Long Beach Opera, Bard Music Festival in Busoni’s Turandot, Berg’s Wozzeck with Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat with Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Serenade with Omaha Symphony and the Berkshire Choral Festival.

Nicholas Laroche, bass
Rhode Island bass Nicholas Laroche is establishing himself as a new voice in New England. Mr. Laroche has been a featured soloist in many oratorio and opera engagements, including the Bach B-Minor Mass and St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia, Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Mr. Laroche has performed solo and choral repertoire with many area ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Nova Mundi, Collegium Ancora, Ecclesia Consort, Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers.

Providence Singers
Founded in 1971, the Providence Singers, under the direction of Christine Noel, celebrates choral art through concerts of masterworks and contemporary works, creative collaborations, recordings of American choral treasures, new music commissions and education programs. In addition to an annual concert series, the Singers has made frequent guest appearances throughout the region, including annual concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. The Singers performed with Kronos Quartet at FirstWorks, Dave Brubeck Quartet at Lincoln Center and Newport Jazz Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Haven Philharmonic, Aurea Ensemble, Brown University Chorus and New Bedford Symphony. It released four CD recordings of contemporary choral compositions and presented a choral festival of American masterpieces underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Singers commissions new choral works through its Wachner Fund for New Music; recognizes national leaders in the choral profession through its New Rhythmus Award; and fosters community education and participation through vocal workshops, concert discussions and community sings. It supports emerging talent through its Fassett Fellowships for young adult singers and through the Junior Providence Singers and Young Men’s Choral Festival. It was awarded the Jabez Gorham Award from the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island in 2008 for “unwavering commitment to excellence, significant impact on the community, and success in organizational development.”

About the concert

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Two hundred and seventy-five years after its first performance, Handel’s Messiah remains the most frequently performed, most beloved work in the choral canon, featuring the Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites. Handel completed the entire composition in only 24 days, and the oratorio has been performed consistently – revised, updated, staged and restored to its “period” form – ever since.