Northern Illinois University's ensemble chamber choir Cor Cantiamo will perform the US premiere of English Composer Gavin Bryars' "Psalm 141" (photo courtesy of Cor Cantiamo).
Northern Illinois University resident ensemble chamber choir Cor Cantiamo, conducted by Eric A. Johnson, will perform the U.S. premiere of English composer Gavin Bryars’ “Psalm 141” in a centuries-spanning concert on Sunday, June 1, at St. Raphael Catholic Church (1215 Modaff Road) in Naperville.
Written in 2012, Bryars’ “Psalm 141” was commissioned by nonprofit, classical sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., of Glen Ellyn, for its Psalms Project, a collection of contemporary choral works based on biblical verse. British music critics have called Bryars’ “Psalm 141” “a fascinatingly emotion-filled piece” and a work of “integrity and lucidity.” The Psalm opens with the words “I call upon thee, O Lord; make haste to me!”
Four other Soli Deo Gloria Psalms Project works are on the program: Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds’ intimate “Psalm 67” (“May God be gracious to us”), English composer Peter Bannister’s “Psalm 96” (“O sing to the Lord a new song”), Estonian-based Galina Grigorjeva’s soulful “Bless the Lord, o my soul” (Psalm 103), and American Daniel Kellogg’s “Preserve Me, O God” (Psalm 16).
Other works on the program span from the Renaissance and Baroque eras to the present day, written by composers from Europe, the U.S., and the Philippines.
Soli Deo Gloria, Inc. has brought Chicago the annual Easter tradition of The Chicago Bach Project, performing one of Bach’s sacred masterworks each season, including his incomparable Passions. For concert information about the free world premiere concert (donations are welcome), contact St. Raphael Church at (630) 355-4545 or visit is www.st-raphael.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts