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 will join forces for the perennial favorite holiday concert, Handel’s Messiah, featuring the Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and other favorites on Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at the VETS. Christine Noel, artistic director of the Providence Singers, will conduct the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers and soloists Margot Rood, soprano; Emily Marvosh, alto; Matthew Anderson, tenor; and Nicholas Laroche, bass.
“For eleven seasons – and counting – our community has enjoyed this holiday masterpiece with the Philharmonic, Providence Singers and wonderful soloists,” said David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. “Christine Noel conducts a powerful and inspiring Baroque performance of Handel’s masterpiece, to warm the heart at this festive season.”
Tickets are $15-$100, 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 (M-F 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 email@example.com.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Tickets start at $15.
Christine Noel, artistic director of the Providence Singers
Margot Rood, soprano
Emily Marvosh, alto
Matthew Anderson, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass
About Christine Noel, conductor
Christine Noel is delighted to return to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for the annual performance of Messiah with the Providence Singers. She recently conducted the Singers with 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. She has led the Providence Singers through world premieres, commissions and, most recently, the Singers’ fourth commercial recording — Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, released in November. She has served on the music faculty and as director of choral activities at Clark University, Worcester, MA and as musical director at Trinity Repertory Company. She has prepared choruses for Larry Rachleff, Ann Howard Jones, Robert Page and Bramwell Tovey. She is founder and artistic director of the award-winning RI Children’s Chorus, which has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC). An active guest conductor, festival clinician, and adjudicator, she holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones. She holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College, where she was awarded a Ridgway Shinn Study Abroad Grant, 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 (Florence) and served as assistant conductor and vocal coach for Italian choirs Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze.
About the soloists
Margot Rood, soprano, hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times, performs a wide range of repertoire across North American stages. Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society. Rood was awarded third place in the 2016 American Prize Competition (Oratorio and Art Song division) and was named a 2015-2016 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, where she is often featured on Emmanuel’s nationally-known Bach cantata series. She has performed as a soloist with some of the United States’ premier new music ensembles, and she was a 2015 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award for her work in new music. Notable recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, Kati Agocs’ Vessel and Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. Rood is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, and is a founding member of the Michigan Recital Project, which features commissions by emerging composers.
American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “flexible technique and ripe color,” “sterling voice” and “graceful allure” on the stages of Carnegie, Jordan, Disney and Prague’s Smetana halls, and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. John Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society. Other recent solo appearances include Messiah with Charlotte Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Music Worcester, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus with L’academie, Bach’s Magnificat with Back Bay Chorale, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Brookline Symphony, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Chorus of Westerly, Vivaldi’s Salve Regina with the White Mountain Bach Festival, La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein with Opera Boston, and Rusalka with Boston Lyric Opera. Her contributions to 21st-century repertoire and performance include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and Intermezzo Chamber Opera, and in 2013, Miss Marvosh created the roles of Viviane and Mother in the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s Merlin. She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes new music for women.
Tenor Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to oratorio, opera and musical theater. An accomplished interpreter of the music of Bach, Mr. Anderson sings regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series. He appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival as a soloist in the St. Matthew Passion and spent several summers at the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was featured as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow and aria soloist in the St. John Passion. He has received acclaim for his portrayals of the Evangelists in Bach’s Passions, which he has performed throughout the United States. Recent performances include Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Boston Baroque; Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Stravinsky’s Renard at Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mark Morris Dance Group; and Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall.
Rhode Island baritone Nicholas Laroche is establishing himself as a new voice in the New England area. Nicholas 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. Nicholas has performed solo and choral repertoire with many area ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Nova Mundi, Collegium Ancora, Ecclesia Consort, RICCO, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers. As an avid recitalist, Mr. Laroche has produced and performed numerous well-received solo concerts throughout the New England area and abroad, including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Vienna and Salzburg. Nicholas holds a Master of Music from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music from The University of New Hampshire, both in Solo Voice Performance. Recently, Nicholas was the Director of Music Ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence as well as an adjunct voice faculty member at Rhode Island College, where he was also the conductor and director of the Rhode Island College Men’s Chorus. Nicholas is the Music Director for The Chorus of Kent County, in southern Rhode Island.
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.
About Providence Singers
The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of the masters and contemporary works, creative collaborations, recordings of American choral treasures, new music commissions and education programs. Collaborators include the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New Haven and New Bedford symphonies, Aurea Ensemble and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Written in 2013, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both the chorus and listeners attending the Singers 2014-2015 season opener. In 2017, the Singers’ members were proud to include Requiem for the Living as the fourth recording in their American Masterpieces collection.