Middlebury

 

Chichester Psalms

The Chichester Psalms, by Leonard Bernstein

Performance: Sunday, March 7, 2010, Mead Memorial Chapel

Discussion: Thursday, March 4, 2010, Chateau Grand Salon

College choirs from Middlebury College, St. Michael's College and Castleton State College join to present this masterwork by Leonard Bernstein in his orchestration for for chorus, soloists, harp, organ and percussion.  Sung in Hebrew, the piece is challenging vocally and instrumentally with vivid and intensely dramatic interpretation of the highly emotional Psalm texts. The concert also features each collaborating choir in solo performances. Concerts are also given at Grace Church in Rutland (Friday March 5, 7:30 PM), and the Chapel of St. Michael's College in Colchester (Saturday March 6, 3:00 PM).  Admission is free.

Join Choral Director Jeff Buettner and Rabbi Ira Schiffer in a conversation about the piece on Thursday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chateau Grand Salon.  Cookies and coffee will be served.

Ira and Jeff will present musical and textual connections in this fascinating and exciting piece, which was commissioned with an expressed interest that it contain “a hint of ‘West Side Story’ in the music.” A discussion of the Psalms will be accompanied by selections of the music, including audio and video recordings and a brief performance by members of the College Choir.