Elite Choral Ensemble to Perform in Three States
Providence College’s elite I Cantori choral ensemble will make appearances in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York during its Spring Recruitment and Performance Tour.
Highlights will include a joint performance of Gustav Mahler’s No. 2 “Resurrection” Symphony with the Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and the PC Choral Masterworks Concert, which will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria.
In addition, the choir will visit local high schools to participate in choir exchanges.
Specializing in choral music that spans all eras, I Cantori is comprised of 20 undergraduate students from the Department of Music and other academic programs. The ensemble performs on campus throughout the academic year, tours annually throughout the East Coast, and embarks on international concert tours every two or three years. Past trips include Austria, England, France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, and Russia.
This will be the ensemble’s third domestic recruitment and performance tour in four years. The ensemble will perform pieces it learned during the fall semester, along with other selections.
The spring tour begins with concerts at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn., on January 25 at 7:30 p.m. and at St. Catherine of Siena Church in New York City on January 27 at 12 noon. I Cantori will perform 11 pieces at each of its opening weekend performances.
“The Spring Recruitment and Performance Tour is our chance to go out into the larger community and interact with potential students and their families in their venues,” said Dr. Todd J. Harper, assistant professor of music and the director of choral activities/music education.
He added, “One of the new selections, Et si quidem…, a beautiful new work written specifically for I Cantori, was written by our accompanist, Michael C. Kregler [special lecturer of music].”
Harper explained that the spring tour is the second part of a recruitment effort that begins each fall semester. The initial outreach is an invitational high school choral festival of about 500 students that is held on campus.
In the past, students were welcomed into PC’s choral program who have either attended the Fall Invitational Choral Festival or one of the exchanges with local high schools.
“The students in I Cantori are actively engaged in service to the community through their art,” emphasized Harper.
The remainder of the Spring Recruitment and Performance Tour:
• For the Chaminade Club of Providence, at the Music Mansion in Providence on Sunday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m.
• At Linden Place House in Bristol, R.I., on Sunday, February 24, at 4:00 p.m.
• PC Choral Masterworks Concert, featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria in the Ryan Concert Hall of the Smith Center for the Arts at PC on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.
• Performance of Gustav Mahler’s No. 2 “Resurrection” Symphony on Saturday, May 4, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence at 8:00 p.m.
— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14