Thu, November 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

White Light Festival: 150 Psalms

Saint Paul’s Chapel

The Psalms Experience 

150 psalms. 150 composers. 12 concerts.

“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.


Josef Rheinberger: Warum toben die Heiden, from Motets, Op. 40, No. 2 (Psalm 2)
Francisco Valls: Dilexisti justitiam (1742) (Psalm 45)
William Knight: Commission (World premiere) (Psalm 21) 
Giaches de Wert: Reges tharsis et insulae (Psalm 72)
Felix Draeseke: Der Herr ist König, Op. 56 (Psalm 93)
William Byrd: Dominem secundum multitudinem (Psalm 94)
Michael Praetorius: Venite exultemus Domino (Psalm 95)
James MacMillan: A New Song (Psalm 96)
Johann Heinrich Rolle: Der Herr ist König (Psalm 97)
Damiano Scarabelli: Jubilate Deo (Psalm 98)
William Boyce: The Lord is King, be the people never so impatient (Psalm 99)
Robert White: Exaudiat te Dominus (Psalm 20)
(subject to change)

For the opening concert, New York’s own Choir of Trinity Wall Street (under the direction of Julian Wachner) explores the delicate interplay of love and fear that has long defined our leaders—both mortal and divine—in the historic St. Paul’s Chapel.


Saint Paul’s Chapel

Broadway and Fulton Street
New York, NY


Featured Recordings

  • Anthracite Fields
  • Elena Ruehr: Averno
  • Israel In Egypt
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Motets
  • Julian Wachner: Symphony No. 1
  • The Snow Lay on the Ground

Related Press

  • Compelling ‘Messiah’ from a chorus of soloists–The San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Wachner, Trinity forces rock Carnegie with massive rarities by Ives and Ginastera–New York Classical Review

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  • Choir of Trinity Wall Street Thrills–San Francisco Classical Voice

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  • Forces of Nature and Ecstasy: Julian Wachner’s Trinity Choir at Zankel Hall–The New York Times

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  • On an Evening of Wilting Heat, the Soaring Harmonies of Sacred Works–The New York Times

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  • Singing Shadows: Early music finds new life downtown.–The New Yorker

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