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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.

All concerts are approximately one hour long and will be preceded by a brief introduction.

David Rubenstein Atrium

Join WNYC’s John Schaefer ahead of this special concert series to explore the history of the Psalms and their contemporary relevance. Learn More 

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Concert 1: Mortal Leadership, Divine Guidance

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street explores the delicate interplay of love and fear that has long defined our leaders. Learn More 

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Concert 2: Faith

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Charpentier, and more. Learn More 

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Concert 3: Justice

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs music from the 12th century to the 21st, including a premiere by David Lang. Learn More 

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Concert 4: Powerlessness and Redemption

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor

St. Paul's Chapel

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs works spanning Josquin des Prez and Rameau to Britten and Ives. Learn More 

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Concert 5: State of Humankind

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

New York Society for Ethical Culture

The Netherlands Chamber Choir performs works by Tallis, Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Michael van der Aa, and more. Learn More 

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Concert 6: Gratitude

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips,
conductor

New York Society for Ethical Culture

Britain’s Tallis Scholars highlight music by Byrd, Haydn, and Schubert, plus a premiere by Nico Muhly. Learn More 

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Concert 7: Abandonment

Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Grete Pedersen,
conductor

New York Society for Ethical Culture

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir performs psalm settings in Armenian, Russian, Latin, German, and Aramaic. Learn More 

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Concert 8: Lamentation

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra,
conductor

New York Society for Ethical Culture

The Netherlands Chamber Choir performs works from the Dutch Renaissance, Romantic Germany, and 20th-century America. Learn More 

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Concert 9: Security and Trust

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips,
conductor

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

The Tallis Scholars perform Carl Nielsen’s setting of Psalm 23 alongside a collection of early music. Learn More 

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Concert 10: Pilgrimage of Life

Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Grete Pedersen,
conductor

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir perform works by Palestrina, Brahms, and Arvo Pärt, plus a premiere by Evelin Seppar. Learn More 

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Concert 11: Celebration of Life

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

The Netherlands Chamber Choir performs euphoric settings by Poulenc and Virgil Thomson, among others. Learn More 

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Concert 12: Consequences of Power

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips,
conductor
With Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Netherlands Chamber Choir, and Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

Alice Tully Hall

The Tallis Scholars explore settings by Handel, Gabrieli, and others before joining the other choirs for Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium. Learn More