Composers over thousands of years have been inspired by the Hebrew Psalms! And this month, New York City’s Lincoln Center presented “The Psalms Experience”—a festival featuring choral settings of the 150 Psalms in the Hebrew Bible by 150 separate composers. Each concert is an hour in length—twelve in all featuring all 150 Psalms.
And each concert centers on a theme from the Psalms, such as faith, justice, and gratitude. Choral contributions were made by a number of prestigious composers who were commissioned for the festival. Caroline Shaw, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer said she “identified with Psalm 84 in finding a refuge and a place."