Celebrate the season with Handel's Messiah on Saturday, Dec. 15

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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,” said Noel, the Artistic Director of the Providence Singers, conductor for the annual holiday concert, and a resident of the East Side of Providence. “For 12 seasons, we have enjoyed sharing the stage with the Orchestra and talented soloists to bring to the community this glorious work.”

In a prior performance, the Providence Singers and the RI Philharmonic Orchestra perform Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Noel, 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.

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.”

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