A Taft Music for a While concert series tradition continues this weekend with the annual Music for a Great Space twin concerts in Woodward Chapel on the Taft School campus and at Grace Episcopal Church in New York City. Both programs are free and open to the public.
The concerts feature performances by Collegium Musicum, Taft’s showcase choir, accompanied by organist James Kennerly and directed by Bruce Fifer. The program is part of a year-long centennial celebration of the life and work of Leonard Bernstein. His Chichester Psalms will anchor the concerts.
Chichester Psalms was commissioned by the Very Rev. Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival, in which the musicians of Chichester have participated with those of the neighboring cathedrals of Salisbury and Winchester since 1959. The mood of the Chichester Psalms is humble and serene, unlike the powerful but despairing nature of Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony of 1963, composed shortly before this work. Both use traditional texts sung in Hebrew, but the message of the Psalms is one of man’s closeness to God rather than the one of frustration and anger and shaken faith engendered by God’s inexplicable acts as portrayed by the Kaddish. It is indicative that the composer chose the 23rd Psalm (“The Lord is my Shepherd”) for the second movement, the heart of the Chichester Psalms.
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm
25 The Green, Watertown
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Grace Episcopal Church
802 Broadway, New York City
Reception to follow in Huntington Close
Bruce Fifer, Conductor
James Kennerley, Organist; Grace cloutier, Harpist;
Kaedi Dalley, Mezzo-soprano; Ed Fast, Percussionist;
Joe Jacovino, Pianist
Join us! Call 860-945-7773 for additional information.
Stained glass photo by Yee-Fun Yin