Sat, November 11, 2017 - 8:30 PM

White Light Festival: 150 Psalms

Alice Tully Hall

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.


Plainchant according to the Church of Rome: (Psalm 58)
Sigmund Hemmel: Deus stetit in synagoga (Psalm 82)
George Frideric Handel: In the Lord I put my trust (Psalm 9)
Andrea Gabrieli: Domine Deus meus, in te speravi (Psalm 7)
Lorenzo Perosi: Exaude, Domine (Psalm 17)
Guglielmo Arnoni: Judica me Domine (Psalm 26)
Orazio Vecchi: Velociter exaudi me (Psalm 143)
Gavin Bryars: Lord, I cry upon thee (Psalm 141)
Samuel Scheidt: Richte mich, Gott, und führe (Psalm 43)
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Du malin le meschant vouloir (Psalm 36)
Jan van Dijk: Dieu de ma louange, ne te tais point (Psalm 109)
Claude LeJeune: Après avoir constamment attendu (Psalm 40)
Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium
(subject to change)

Woven throughout the Psalms are pleas to shift the earthly balance between those in power and the powerless. In this concluding concert, the Tallis Scholars explore settings by Handel, Gabrieli, and others. All the themes of The Psalms Experience then culminate in the Renaissance splendor of Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium, with members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street (Julian Wachner, Director), Netherlands Chamber Choir, and Norwegian Soloists’ Choir joining forces to offer up an ecstatic expression of praise.


Alice Tully Hall

70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023


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

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