Psalms, New and Old

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Julia Davids, Music Director

Composers have long been inspired to set Psalms to music - indeed, many of the Psalms originally included musical directions to the leader or choir director.  Those selected for this concert demonstrated a wide variety of treatments, in particular “The Lord is My Shepherd” or Psalm 23.  Composers included Joseph Stone, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Virgil Thompson, Howard Goodall, Bobby McFerrin, Gabriel Fauré, Antonin Dvořák, and Salomon Sulzer. 

The featured works of the concert were Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles.

Our soloists for the concert were 2016 Donald Chen Young Artist Award Winner Nathan Ward, tenor, and William Lewis, treble. The concert also featured Ben Melsky, harp and Sharon Rich Peterson on organ and piano.



Showers of Blessings Psalm 147:7-8 Joseph Stone

"The Heavens Are Telling," from The Creation Psalm 19  F.J. Haydn
Jean Joslyn, soprano Tom Olkowski, tenor Scott Paine, bass

Der 23. Psalm  Franz Schubert

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need Psalm 23 arr. Virgil Thomson

The Lord Is My Shepherd Psalm 23 Howard Goodall
William Lewis, treble

The 23rd Psalm  Bobby McFerrin

Tantum Ergo Gabriel Fauré
Nathan Ward, tenor

Biblické písně (Biblical Songs) Antonin Dvořák
Nathan Ward, tenor
IV  Hospodin jest muj pastýr Psalm 23:1-4
VIII Popatriž na mne a smiluj se nade mnou Psalm 25:16-18,20
IX Pozdvihuji ocí svých k horám Psalm 121:1-4

Haleluyaw Psalm 111 Salomon Sulzer
Nathan Ward, tenor

Dorchester Canticles Tarik O’Regan
Nathan Ward, tenor

Cantate Domino Psalm 98
Deus misereatur Psalm 67

Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein
William Lewis, treble
Ariana Gray Bé, soprano
Laura Korowski, mezzo soprano
Nicholas Krupp, tenor
David Hunt, bass

I Urah, hanevel Psalms 108:2, and 100
II Adonai ro-I Psalms 23, and 2: 1-4
III Adonai, Adonai Psalms 131, and 133:1

Saint John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles, IL