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Artscape
9:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Sacred Harp Singing In Rhode Island

Sacred Harp singers at the Meeting House on the east side of Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Earlier this month dozens of musicians from across New England and beyond gathered in Providence for the eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’ If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a clue: it doesn’t involve any harps.  It's the subject of this month's Rhode Island Artscape.

That’s the sound of about one hundred people, gathered at the Quaker Meeting House on the East Side of Providence.  They’re taking part in the state’s largest gathering of Sacred Harp singers.  The eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’

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Arts & Culture
9:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Remembering Local Musician David Lamb Of Brown Bird

David Lamb with his wife MorganEve Swain, both of the band Brown Bird. Lamb passed away earlier this month.
Credit American Songwriter

The local music scene lost an important musician this month.  David Lamb, one half of the Rhode Island folk duo Brown Bird passed away late last week, after a year-long battle with leukemia. Lamb was only 35.

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Artscape
8:44 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home

Opera star John Reylea lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

John Reylea is an internationally renowned opera star.

The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.

Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.

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The Pulse
4:28 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Crossing The Threshold From Life To Death, With Music

I recently met someone who told me she's a member of the Hartford "Threshold Choir," and that she and her choir mates sing at the bedside of the dying.

At a time when you're more likely to encounter choirs of carolers, I thought it might be interesting to hear about some different voices.

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Arts & Culture
9:05 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays

Chorus students from West Glocester Elementary School.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Elementary, middle and high school students from across Rhode Island are storming the State House this month to perform music for the holiday season.

The holiday concerts are part of a series put on by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with up to three or four schools singing in a row, in the Statehouse Rotunda.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught a few of those concerts and has this audio postcard.

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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Artscape: Bringing Traditional Puerto Rican Music to Rhode Island

Lydia Perez and her daughter Yidell Rivera in their studio.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiled Warwick musician Lydia Perez. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Perez has been performing throughout Rhode Island since the mid-nineties.

With her group, Yoruba 2 she has toured throughout the region, teaching and performing the traditional music and dance of Puerto Rico.

“Well my name is Lydia Perez, I’m a traditional artist in the state of Rhode Island.”

“My name is Yidell Rivera.  I am Lydia’s oldest daughter, and I’ve worked with her since, well, my childhood.”

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Street Musicians Won't Stay Silent in Downtown Newport

Each summer Newport becomes a mecca of live music, yet there are no musicians performing on the streets.  The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport is trying to change that.

Newport Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, the Folk Fest, and the Jazz Fest, in this city live music is everywhere, except on the streets.

Newport currently bans street performing, or busking, without an event permit.

This makes it hard for musicians without a stage to play on to get their music to the public.

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Artscape: Harpist brings in Winter Solstice

Harpist Aine Minogue
Credit Catherine Welch

For this month’s Artscape, we go to a Winter Solstice music celebration featuring the Irish harpist and singer Aine Minogue.  The concert is put on by the Common Fence Music Association, a non-profit group based in Portsmouth, RI and as they say on their website, “focused on presenting music and music education in a people-oriented and sustainable community setting.”
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