NY Times: Interfaith Dialogue, Sung by Two Choruses

From ArtsBeat, October 31, 2014, by Allan Kozinn:

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and Temple Emanu-El, two religious institutions that have large, finely polished choirs, have found a new approach to interfaith dialogue, involving their singers. The choirs and their directors – Kent Tritle, at the cathedral and K. Scott Warren, at the temple – will collaborate on the premieres of two new works, with performances by the combined chorus at each house of worship.

The works, Victoria Bond’s “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place,” a setting of Psalm 84, and Paul Moravec’s “I Will Fear No Evil,” based on Psalm 23, were commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, an organization founded in 1993 to promote sacred classical music, as part of its Psalms Project. Other composers commissioned for the project include Gavin Bryars, Roxanna Panufnik, Yehudi Wyner, Aaron Jay Kernis, Daniel Kellogg and others.

The first performance will take place at a Friday evening Sabbath service at the Reform Jewish temple on Nov. 21; the second will be part of the cathedral’s Sunday afternoon Evensong service on Nov. 23. The services are free and open to the public.

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