Five SDG-commissioned Psalms on one program!

Sunday, June 1

4:00 p.m.

St. Raphael's Catholic Church

1215 Modaff Road

Naperville, IL  60540

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For concert information, contact St. Raphael Church at (630) 355-4545 or visit the church's website.

Cor Cantiamo Gives U.S. Premiere of Bryars' Psalm

Cor Cantiamo  

Chamber choir Cor Cantiamo, conducted by Eric A. Johnson, will perform the U.S. premiere of British composer Gavin Bryars’ Psalm 141, along with four additional SDG Psalms commissions, in a centuries-spanning concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois.


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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!” Written in 2012, Psalm 141 was commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria for the Psalms Project, a project made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to commission fifteen contemporary choral works by the world's foremost composers, expressing the text of the Hebrew Psalter in the Western Art music tradition.

Four other Soli Deo Gloria Psalms Project works are on the program:

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. Early music will include Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s “Chantez à Dieu,” Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s “Exultate Deo,” J. S. Bach’s “Singet Dem Herrn,” and Heinrich Schütz’s “Selig Sind die Toten.” Contemporary and late-twentieth-century songs will include Ily Matthew Maniano’s “Doxologia,” Craig Hella Johnson’s “Hard Times,” Moses Hogan’s “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” Carol Barnett’s “Bye and Bye,” and William Appeling’s “We Shall Walk Through the Valley.”         

Eric Johnson  
Eric A. Johnson  

Cor Cantiamo is an ensemble in residence at Northern Illinois University. The accomplished, professional vocal ensemble is led by Eric A. Johnson, its founding artistic director. Cor Cantiamo was formed in 2009 with the mission of performing contemporary choral music and fostering new composers for the art form. Its members are professional musicians from the greater Chicago area.

For concert information, contact St. Raphael Church at (630) 355-4545 or visit the church website.