The Program

Tallis, Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Michael van der Aa: throughout the history of Western music, sublime artists have used the Psalms as a starting point for pondering our place in the universe and the state of humankind. The Netherlands Chamber Choir sounds out the texts’ existential yearnings at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

“Your brightness lights the earth and sky
Raises us up, blares out the note
From your people’s trumpet
An exultant blast for all who struggle with you
And are close at hand”
– from Psalm 148 (translation by Norman Fischer)


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Concert 5: State of Humankind

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm New York Society for Ethical Culture

Introduction by Rev. Winnie Varghese, Director of Justice and Reconciliation, Trinity Church Wall Street
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Performance Details

Cemetery in Tripoli, Libya, 2011.

The Psalms Gallery

Stunning images from The New York Times's photo archives, each paired with a psalm. Go to the Gallery >

This concert is approximately one hour long and will be preceded by a brief introduction.