On Sunday, March 22, our Festival Chorus will present their Lenten special music service - a program based on the Psalms. They will be performing Mendelssohn's setting of Psalm 55 which includes the famous soprano solo “O For the Wings of a Dove”.
It will be followed by John Rutter’s setting of Psalm 27 – “The Lord is My Light and My Salvation”, featuring William Shadel on clarinet.
The program will conclude with two movements of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, a work which we have not performed before, but which has some absolutely ravishing music. We will begin with the shepherd boy David singing a gorgeous setting of the 23rd Psalm while the men in the chorus sing Psalm 2 – “why do the nations so furiously rage?” underneath him. It is a fascinating juxtaposition.
The closing movement features a beautiful flowing melody on Psalm 131 and ends with famous words from Psalm 133 – “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”; an appropriate sentiment for our time as well. The Bernstein piece will feature parts for harp and percussion as well as soprano soloist. Plan to be there! And prayers for no snow that day would be appreciated....)
Don’t miss this powerful and inspiring time of worship.