A Summer of SDG Music

Trinity College Choir

While some consider summer the best beach time, others consider it prime music time. Soli Deo Gloria (USA) is delighted to be represented in multiple sacred music performances around the globe during the summer of 2013.









June 2013

In June (6/1), Gavin Bryars Psalm 141, an SDG Psalms Project commission, was performed by the Durham University Chamber Choir, Durham Cathedral, UK.


July 2013

  Eriks Esenvalds
  Eriks Esenvalds

In July (7/14), the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Stephen Layton, conductor, is performing two SDG-commissioned works on their program at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival: Psalm 67 by Erik Ešenvalds and Spiritus divinae lucis gloriae by Peter Bannister. From there, the Choir leaves on an eight-city tour of Germany (7/16-7/27) with a program that includes both these SDG works, along with works by Tallis, Parsons, Howells, Britten, Tavener, and Pärt.

July 14: Cheltenham College Chapel, England (Cheltenham Festival)
July 16: Steinfeld Monastery, Germany
July 17: Saarn Monastery, Mühlheim an der Ruhr
July 18: St Margaretha Basilica, Düsseldorf-Gerresheim
July 19: St Bartholomäus Cathedral, Frankfurt am Main
July 21: St Andreas Church, Korschenbroich
July 22: St Pantaleon Church, Cologne
July 26: Münster, Konstanz
July 27: St Blasius Cathedral, St Blasien

July is also the month when media praise is emerging for the SDG DVD of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by John Nelson. (Visit the St. Matthew Passion web page for more information.)

  St. Matthew Passion DVD
    St. Matthew Passion DVD

 "Vital and riveting." — American Record Guide July/Aug 2013

"Nelson gets to the core of the work." — Gramophone July/Aug 2013

"It's the overwhelming sincerity that compels."  — BBC Music Magazine July/Aug 2013

"An excellent performance ... heartfelt." — Fanfare Summer 2013




Also in July (7/19-7/28), SDG is sponsoring conductor Delta David Gier’s participation in Oratorium 2013 (Romania). Maestro Gier, who is the conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and an SDG board member, has frequently donated his conducting time to work with the young musicians who attend these summer programs. At Oratorium, he'll be rehearsing and conducting performances of Brahms' German Requiem in three different cities.


August 2013

Continuing into August (7/29-8/12), Maestro Gier will then travel on to the Crescendo Summer Institute of the Arts in Hungary, where he will rehearse with students as they prepare for a concert (8/6) that will feature a new work by Peter Bannister entitled Breathe in me, for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, choir and instrumental ensemble.

Also in August (8/24), the State Choir “Latvia,” conducted by Stephen Layton, will be performing Erik Esenvalds Psalm 67 at St. Peter’s Church (Riga, Latvia) as part of the 16th Annual Sacred Music Festival.


Fall 2013

SDG is excited to be involved in multiple fronts of classical sacred music, and we’re already looking forward to the Fall, when we have two world premieres coming up in October in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stay tuned!