RIC student one of four RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra competition winners

Amanda Neves
Amanda Neves, a junior music performance major at RI College, was named mezzo-soprano winner of the 4th Annual Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra Collegiate Vocal Competition.

Neves will be one of four soloists featured in J.S. Bach’s Mass in G Major in the Chorale’s concert on March 3. The other three winners were Virginia Barney of Boston University, John Cinnante of the New England Conservatory and Robert Braketselos of Brown University.

In all there were 29 competitors from 20 voice teachers representing 12 institutions of higher learning in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The four winners will perform as soloists with the Chorale and its professional orchestra in a concert of Bach compositions titled “Bach is Back” on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Providence.

Compositions on the program include Cantata No. 4 “Christ Lag In Todesbanden,” Mass in G Major (BWV 236), Motet No. 6 “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden,” and the orchestral work Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

Prior to the concert, there will be a talk by 
Samuel Breene, RIC professor of music history.

“After four years, we are still astonished by what walks through the door to audition,” said Edward Markward, conductor and director of RICCO.

Markward, who is also a RIC professor and conductor of the college's Symphony Orchestra, added: “New England has a centuries-long tradition of choral excellence, and it is a great pleasure to hear that tradition continuing in the 21st century.”

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra was established in 1957 and consists of approximately 90 men and women from 27 different cities and towns in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. The Chorale is accompanied by a professional orchestra, including members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. The Chorale strives to ensure a growing and vibrant arts culture through participation, outreach, education, and advocacy.