Welcome all who are in pursuit of the enjoyment of great choral 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. Whether through traditional sacred masterpieces such as Handel’s Messiah or Bach’s Mass in B Minor, twentieth-century works such Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms or Arvo Pärt’s mystical Miserere, or those wonderfully joyful secular works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana or Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra seeks to provide its members and audiences profound musical, emotional, and spiritually moving experiences. Our members are committed to that pursuit of excellence and have found – as only choristers can, with their offering of minds, bodies, souls, and voices – the personal rewards to be as great as the musical ones.
I invite any and all who share in our enthusiasm for great choral music to become part of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra experience. I promise you the best music, hard work, camaraderie, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence, and rewards which greatly surpass things material. We offer the opportunity to share your talent and enthusiasm with other like-minded individuals as well as appreciative and knowledgeable audiences.
Dr. Edward Markward, Music Director