A Letter from the Music Director


Welcome all who are in pursuit of the enjoyment of great choral/orchestra masterpieces. There is no other medium which raises the human spirit in such an intimate and personal way, yet has such far-reaching effects on those who perform as well as listen. I am speaking of the combined sounds of the symphony orchestra with the all-encompassing glow of human voices, offering the joy that only the human spirit committed to excellence and sharing can provide. There is an inexplicable magic that happens at a concert of great music. There is no explaining why or how we are changed; we only know that mysteriously we are, and that we are better for the experience.

This season marks a return to our bi-annual presentation of the complete Messiah, an experience to which we the performers look forward with as much enthusiasm and awe as you the listeners. The continuation of The Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition, the 8th, has become an invaluable opportunity to highlight talented vocalists throughout the region. They will be featured soloists in Michael Haydn’s rarely performed Missa Sancti Gabrielis and Franz Schubert’s Magnificat in C Major. We will be joined on this program in March in a performance of Ola Gjeilo’s moving by the wonderful Jump! Dance Company, directed by Pell Prize winner Mary Paula Hunter. This performance will be a Rhode Island premier. Concluding our season will be performances of music by Benjamin Britten, represented by his Simple Symphony and Cantata Misericordium, and Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem.

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra seeks to provide its audience members a profound musical, emotional and spiritually moving experience. I invite any and all who share our enthusiasm for great choral music to become part of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra experience. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at our concerts!


Edward W. Markward

Edward W. Markward, Music Director

2015 – 2016 Season