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In an unprecedented collaboration, Temple Emanu-El and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine joined forces in 2014 to present the world premiere of two choral works commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, an international organization preserving the sacred masterpieces of the past, promoting classical sacred concerts around the world, and creating classical sacred music for future generations.

























The works, How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (a setting of Psalm 84) by Victoria Bond and I Will Fear No Evil (based on Psalm 23) by Paul Moravec, were performed by the two choirs on the Emanu-El bimah as part of a Friday evening worship service in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary. A second performance of the pieces was held the following Sunday at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.



Watch the full video of the service »


Listen to “How Lovely Is
Your Dwelling Place” »

From the archival recording of the world premiere, performed by the combined choirs of Temple Emanu-El and Cathedral of St. John the Divine, under the direction of K. Scott Warren at Temple Emanu-El, New York.

Listen to “I Will Fear No Evil” »
From the archival recording of the world premiere, performed by the combined choirs of Temple Emanu-El and Cathedral of St. John the Divine, under the direction of K. Scott Warren at Temple Emanu-El, New York.



At the Friday service, Senior Rabbi Joshua Davidson welcomed The Very Reverend Dr. James Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, to Temple Emanu-El’s pulpit. At the service, the Cathedral’s choir joined Cantor Lori Corrsin and our Temple Emanu-El Choir under the direction of K. Scott Warren for the premiere performance of both SDG-commissioned works.

Listen to an interview on WQXR.org featuring
K. Scott Warren and SDG’s John Nelson »


As part of the evening’s service, we said Kaddish for the victims of tragedy in Jerusalem.

Read Rabbi Davidson’s letter in response to the tragedy »

Rabbi Davidson likewise preached at the cathedral Evensong, the cherished sung service in the Anglican tradition. The Cathedral and Emanu-El choirs were conducted by Kent Tritle, director of Cathedral music and organist of St. John the Divine, and again performed jointly the two new works. Emanu-El members were encouraged to attend Evensong at the Cathedral as part of our interfaith collaboration, living and praying together the message of Soli Deo Gloria as we bring together our congregations.

Listen to an interview from “A Tempo”
with WWFM’s Rachel Katz »






VICTORIA BOND, in a dual career as composer and conductor, has composed for opera and dance, as well as orchestra and vocal, choral and instrumental ensembles. Asked about her choice to set the text of Psalm 84, Bond says, “Psalm 84 has appealed to me ever since I encountered it in the Brahams Requiem. It expresses the profound appreciation I feel for the natural world and the exaltation that sweeps over me during walks when I contemplate the beauty of our planet.”
 
 

PAUL MORAVEC, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has composed more than 100 orchestral, chamber, choral, lyric, film and electro-acoustic compositions. His music has been described as “tuneful, ebullient and wonderfully energetic” (San Francisco Chronicle), “riveting and fascinating” (NPR), and “assured, virtuosic” (Wall Street Journal). The New York Times has praised his quartet, Vince & Jan: 1945, with, “This masterly miniature conveyed warm nostalgia, buoyant swing and wartime unease.” (Photo by Joanna Eldredge)


 


How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place (Psalm 84) and I Will Fear No Evil (Psalm 23) have been commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., as part of SDG’s Psalms Project. Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Psalms Project is a collection of 15 contemporary choral works by the world’s foremost composers expressing the text of the Hebrew Psalter in the Western Art music tradition for a 21st century audience.


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