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Due to the continuing effects of the storm, Juno, all classes are cancelled tomorrow, Wednesday January 28th, including all day school classes, graduate classes, and evening classes through the School of Continuing Education & School of Business. Offices are closed on Wednesday. We expect to resume normal operations and all classes on Thursday, January 29th. For more information and updates, please go to

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​Pianist Solungga Fang-Tzuliu will

coach music majors and non-majors

during the second annual Keyboard


PC Music Department Raises the Bar for Semester Concert Series

Providence, R.I.--The Providence College Department of Music is increasing its vocal and instrumental concerts this semester with a series of performances by renowned artists including a male soprano and a period instrument Baroque orchestra.

The department kicked off the spring semester with a performance by male soprano Robert Crowe in January. Crowe, who was accompanied by harpsichordist-organist Peter Sykes, performed works by Carissimi, Grandi, Monteverdi, and others, which would have been composed for castrasti singers. Crowe is a world-renowned male soprano who has sung major opera roles in Europe and the United States.

“Each spring I teach baroque and classical music and I like to organize concerts that illustrate live how this music might have sounded during the 17th and 18th centuries,” said Dr. Catherine E. Gordon-Seifert, professor of music and department chair. “This event provided a great opportunity for our students to hear music performed as it might have been in early 17th-century Italy.”

In addition to the Crowe concert, the department is offering a wide selection of events throughout the semester that are open to the public.

“We’ve always brought in high-caliber performers in the past, and all of those performing for us this spring are top-notch professional musicians. We are fortunate that we live in New England and close to Boston and are able to attract excellent performers,” added Gordon-Seifert.

Performances take place in the Ryan Concert Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts unless otherwise indicated below. Campus concerts are free of charge.

Semester highlights include:

 • On Sunday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m., violinist Janet Packer and pianist Geoffrey Burleson will perform a variety of duets.

 • From March 23-25, the All-Bach Weekend will feature a Friday night performance at 7:00 p.m. by period instrument orchestra the Arcadia Players, who will perform selected Bach Brandenburg Concertos. On Sunday at 3:00 p.m., the department will present the Faculty Baroque Ensemble, who will perform Bach’s chamber music.

 • On Friday, March 30, the second annual Keyboard Festival will take place, during which both music majors and non-majors will have the opportunity to play for and be coached by noted invited pianists Solungga Fang-Tzuliu and Sean Duggan. Fang-Tzuliu also will perform on at 7:00 p.m., while Duggan will perform Saturday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.

For the entire semester schedule of performances, go to the Department of Music's event calendar.

--Robbie Smith-MacDonald ’12




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