Sat, November 04, 2017 - 7:30 PM

White Light Festival: 150 Psalms

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.


William Billings: The Bird: Since I have placed my trust in God (Psalm 11)
Mikołaj Gomółka: Zachowaj mię, o Sprawco niebieskiego domu (Psalm 12)
Anton Bruckner: Os justi meditabitur (Psalm 37)
Pascal de l’Estocart: Peuple oyez et l’aureilles pretez / Omnes gentes? (Psalm 49)
Thomas Crequillon: Quid gloriaris in malitia (Psalm 52)
Gottfried August Homilius: Dennoch bleib ich stets an dir (Psalm 73)
Nicolas Gombert: Confitebimur tibi, Deus (Psalm 75)
Hildegard von Bingen: (Beatus vir) Qui timet Dominum – Laudate pueri (Psalm 112)
Ned Rorem: Mercy and Truth Are Met (Psalm 85)
David Lang: Commission: If I sing (U.S. premiere) (Psalm 101)
Michel-Richard de Lalande: Benedictus Dominus Deus meus (Psalm 144)
(subject to change)

The Psalms, which give voice to an ancient quest for justice, have inspired composers from the 12th century to the 21st. Here, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street (under the direction of Julian Wachner) performs settings by composers from Hildegard von Bingen to Bruckner to a premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang.


St. Paul’s Chapel

Broadway (at Fulton Street), Lower Manhattan


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

    Although they didn’t have the heft of the major orchestras, the large collective of musicians captured this, because they played…read more

  • 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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