A Letter from the Music Director

I am confident that as I enter my 30th year as music director we have chosen
a repertoire that has something for everyone who loves classical music. We
begin with December performances of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a
masterpiece that has never been performed by the Chorale and which has not
been performed in Providence in over 25 years. We will perform this work in
English in both Providence and Newport. For the March concert we have
commissioned a work from composer Roger Cichy, faculty member at Providence
College and recent winner of the Boston/New England Regional Emmy for
outstanding musical composition/arrangement for the documentary film The
American St. Nick. The text for the commissioned work is I Dream a World, a
poem by Langston Hughes which Roger and I thought best addressed the times
in which we live. Also on the program is Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time
of War, also known as the “Paukenmesse,” (Kettledrum Mass), last performed
by the Chorale in 1987. Our last concert features a work very important to
the history of the Chorale and very dear to me, Johannes Brahms’s Ein
deutsches Requiem. Brahms personally chose the biblical texts and presented
them in German, a departure from the Latin liturgical mass, the assumption
being that the words and music would more immediately impact listeners.
Joining us for this performance will be members of the Sippican Choral
Society, conducted by Tianxu Zhou. Tian portrayed the role of Jesus several
seasons ago in our production of Bach’s St. John Passion. I am honored that
he and his choir will be joining us.

It is our sincere hope that all of you will be among us as we resume
rehearsals on Wednesday evenings this fall in preparation for this important
milestone in the history of RICCO. Great music, terrific camaraderie and
wonderful sounds await you, I promise. The entire season is listed below.
Come, one and all, and enjoy great music in the company of extraordinary


Edward W. Markward

Edward W. Markward, Music Director

2015 – 2016 Season