Sun, November 05, 2017 - 5:00 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.


Johannes Ockeghem: Sicut cervus, from the Missa pro defunctis: Tractus (Psalm 42)
John Everett (ed. East): I’ll trust God’s word (Psalm 56)
Robert Parsons: Deliver me from mine enemies (Psalm 59)
Charles Ives: Save me O God (Psalm 54)
François Regnard: Domine exaudi orationem meam, cum deprecor (Psalm 64)
Jean Philippe Rameau: Laboravi clamans (Psalm 69)
Benjamin Britten: Deus in adjutorium meum (Psalm 70)
Sigismondo d’India: Timor et tremor (Psalm 55)
Christoph Buel: Domine Deus, salutis meae (Psalm 88)
Orlande de Lassus: Custodi me, Domine (Psalm 140)
Sven-David Sandström: Hear my prayer, O Lord (Psalm 102)
William Knyvett: O God, my heart is fixed (Psalm 108)
Josquin des Prez: Domine, ne in furore (Psalm 38)
(subject to change)

Humanity has long wrestled with our seeming powerlessness, especially when it comes to changing the past. From this arises a common desire for redemption. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street (under the direction of Julian Wachner) explores the relationship between these two states of being, as captured by composers from Josquin des Prez and Rameau to Britten and Ives.


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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