Sat, November 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

White Light Festival: 150 Psalms

Historic St. 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.


Georg Philip Telemann: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Psalm 46)
Edward Elgar: Great is the Lord (Psalm 48)
Nicola LeFanu: The Little Valleys (Psalm 65)
Giovanni Gabrieli: Plaudite, psallite, jubilate, omnes terra (Psalm 66)
Allesandro Grandi: Deus misereatur nostri (Psalm 67)
Old Roman Chant: Terra tremuit, et quievit (Psalm 76)
Severus Gastorius: En vänlig grønskas rika dräkt ("Sommarpsalm") (Psalm 8)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Himmel rühmen (Psalm 19)
Jewish Prayer: Mizmor L’David havu L’Adonai (Psalm 29)
Georg Totari: Kärleken till livet (Psalm 29)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Blagoslovi, duche moya, Op. 37, No. 2 (Psalm 104)
Giovanni Bernardino Nanino: Laudate pueri (Psalm 113)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Confitebur Domine (Psalm 111)
Johann Pachelbel: Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt (Psalm 100)
(subject to change)

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street (under the direction of Julian Wachner) explores the mysteries of faith through this collection of psalms set to music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Charpentier, and more, at St. Paul’s Chapel.


Historic St. Paul’s Chapel

Fulton Street and Broadway, New York City, 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

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

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