The Psalms Experience 

“Out of the depths I cry to you!” For nearly 3,000 years, humans have reached out to the divine through the Psalms, the Hebrew Bible’s book of hymns revealing the gratitude, fear, and longing of the human heart. In this unprecedented choral project, four world-renowned choirs traverse 1,000 years of music over the course of 12 thematic concerts featuring all 150 psalms by 150 different composers from Bach and Handel to today’s leading artists, including new commissions by Nico Muhly and David Lang, among others.

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All concerts are approximately one hour long and will be preceded by a brief introduction.

 

The White Light Festival presentation of The Psalms Experience is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Wednesday, November 1

David Rubenstein Atrium

Join WNYC’s John Schaefer ahead of this special concert series to explore the history of the Psalms and their contemporary relevance.

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Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Pope Francis, and Omar Abboud at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, 2014.

Concert 1: Mortal Leadership, Divine Guidance

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

Thursday, November 2

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street explores the delicate interplay of love and fear that has long defined our leaders.

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Temple of the Great Awakening in Yixing, China, 2017.

Concert 2: Faith

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

Saturday, November 4

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Charpentier, and more.

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Times Square on V-J Day, August 14, 1945.

Concert 3: Justice

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

Saturday, November 4

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs music from the 12th century to the 21st, including a premiere by David Lang.

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Lesbos, Greece, 2015.

Concert 4: Powerlessness and Redemption

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

Sunday, November 5

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs works spanning Josquin des Prez and Rameau to Britten and Ives.

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Easter Island, 2006.

Concert 5: State of Humankind

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

Thursday, November 9

New York Society for Ethical Culture

The Netherlands Chamber Choir performs works by Tallis, Bach, Monteverdi, Michael van der Aa, and more.

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Cranberry harvest in Warrens, Wisconsin, 2014.

Concert 6: Gratitude

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips,
conductor

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Thursday, November 9

New York Society for Ethical Culture

Britain’s Tallis Scholars highlight music by Haydn, and Schubert, plus a premiere by Nico Muhly.

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After flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2017.

Concert 7: Abandonment

Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Grete Pedersen,
conductor

Friday, November 10

New York Society for Ethical Culture

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir performs psalm settings in Armenian, Latin, and German.

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Afghanistan, 2008.

Concert 8: Lamentation

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra,
conductor

Friday, November 10

New York Society for Ethical Culture

The Netherlands Chamber Choir performs works from the Dutch Renaissance, Romantic Germany, and England during the First World War.

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New York City park, 2014.

Concert 9: Security and Trust

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips,
conductor

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Saturday, November 11

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

The Tallis Scholars perform Carl Nielsen’s setting of Psalm 23 alongside a collection of early music.

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Migrants in Dobova, Slovenia, 2015.

Concert 10: Pilgrimage of Life

Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Grete Pedersen,
conductor

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Saturday, November 11

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir perform works by Palestrina, Brahms, and Arvo Pärt, plus a premiere by Evelin Seppar.

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New York City, 2012.

Concert 11: Celebration of Life

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

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Saturday, November 11

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

The Netherlands Chamber Choir performs euphoric settings by Poulenc and Purcell, among others.

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Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano , 2012.

Concert 12: Consequences of Power

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips,
conductor
With members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Netherlands Chamber Choir, and Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

Saturday, November 11

Alice Tully Hall

The Tallis Scholars explore settings by Handel, Gabrieli, and others before joining members of the other choirs for Thomas Tallis’s...

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