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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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26 ENTERTAINMENT MARCH 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION renowned choral composer Eriks Ešenvalds on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m. and a vocal masterclass with Kevin Deas, an internationally acclaimed bass-baritone and a voice professor at Princeton University's School of Music, on Tuesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. "The next two workshops are a chance for people to hear world- class musicians," Cunningham said. The workshops are not specifically for singers but for anyone interested in music, she said. Ešenvalds and Deas are "exceptional musicians," she said, adding that the opportunity to see and hear them in-person is not usually available to us in Rhode Island. "That's one of the big pluses here." During Ešenvalds' talk on April 11, he will discuss his works, espe- cially "The Time Has Come," a choral composition with text taken from Nelson Mandala's inaugural address. An accomplished speaker who's given a couple of Ted Talks, Ešenvalds will be tuning in from his native Latvia, Cunningham said. The Providence Singers will be recording "The Time Has Come" as a virtual choir video later this spring, she added. On April 27, an online audience will listen and learn as Deas critiques three young singers, chosen by audi- tion. "Kevin is a fabulous singer," Cunningham said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to see him in action." She added that the young singers will also be exceptional and fun to listen to. Deas has won international acclaim for his performance of the title role in "Porgy and Bess" and has had a solo career in opera and oratorio, states a press release. "If you're interested in singing or simply like good singing, it's worth listening to," Cunningham said, add- ing that it's a chance to "peek under the hood and see how things work," referring to the process. The workshops are free for Providence Singers members and $10 for guests. Register at provi- dence-singers.square.site . Previous virtual workshops includ- ed Vocal Technique for the Choral Singer with Elizabeth Eschen, who teaches voice at Harvard University, Radcliffe College, and Gordon College; Singing Through the Decades with Stephen West, profes- sor of music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and Alexander Technique is for Everyone with Lauren Schiff, an instructor at The Juilliard School of Music, who shared tools related to movement and posture to benefit singers, instrumentalists, and non- musicians. Cunningham said past workshops "went extremely well," noting they've had a total of 125 members of the community attend. Providence Singers also released a virtual choir video of "Westminster Bridge," a work by composer Ola Gjeilo that the group commissioned and premiered in 2017. To view, visit www.youtube. com/watch?v=YBlTOLKn53s . The group will be producing two more virtual choir videos this spring, Cunningham said. "We've been building our YouTube channel and getting more music online." Members of the Providence Singers live all across Rhode Island, as well as a couple in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the organiza- tion is finishing up its 50th season, Cunningham said. In celebration of that milestone, they are commissioning a new work to be performed in person next March, she said, adding that they hope to resume in-person rehearsals this fall. "We're always open for new sing- ers," she said, adding that they're especially looking for tenors and basses. Singers must pass an audi- tion process, and members range in age from high school students to 80 years old. For more about Providence Singers, visit www.providencesing- ers.org . ESENVALDS DEAS WORKSHOPS From Page 25 Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' Valley Talks will look at the French Canadian immigrant experience WOONSOCKET – Valley Talks, a series of biweekly historical lectures by the Museum of Work & Culture, conclude Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m., on Zoom. Author David Vermette will present "Fears of Conspiracy: The Reception of French Canadian Immigrants" exploring the experience of the Quebecois upon arriving in New England at the turn of the century. Americans don't think of Canada as a source of potential terrorists – speaking a foreign tongue, serving a foreign religion, and invading their country. But when nearly a million French-Canadians crossed the border between 1840 and 1930, many seek- ing work in New England's burgeon- ing textile industry, elements in the press, clergy and public sector cast them as foot soldiers in an alleged Roman Catholic plot to subvert the New England states. Individuals can register for the talk by visiting bit.ly/3hQh1dq . This year's series is presented as part of the Rhode Island Historical Society's Taking a Stand in Rhode Island, a yearlong examination of how the people who have called this place home, from the 17th century to the recent past, have identified aspects of society that needed to shift and how they worked to change them. Vermette is the author of "A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans." He is a researcher and writer originally from Massachusetts. Do you know someone celebrating an April Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for APRIL will be printed on April 1, 2021. Forms should be received by The Valley Breeze by Friday, March 26, 2021. Send in the name of someone with his or her April birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. The check should be made payable to The Valley Breeze for use in the Breeze charities fund. Mail to: The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you! 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