Judith Shatin’s The God of Glory for SATB chorus will be given its New York Premiere by the New Amsterdam Singers, Clara Longstreth, Music Director on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 East 88th St. at Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. These performances will be part of the Singers’ program Comfort and Joy – six centuries of sacred song, from the Renaissance through Bach to our own time.

The composer writes, “The God of Glory, for SATB chorus, is a setting of excerpts from verses 3-11 of Psalm 29. I wish to thank Michael Kubovy for his assistance with the literal translation from which I developed the text for this setting. The psalm is about the power, majesty, and eternal quality of God. This setting for SATB chorus, frequently divided into six and even seven voices, was inspired by the power of the poetry, and seeks to sonically amplify its images.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/?p=487.

Other composers on the program are J.S. Bach, James Bassi, Abbie Betinis, Brahms, James MacMillan, Sheena Philips, Carl Rutti, Heinrich Schutz, Randall Thompson and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

New Amsterdam Singers is an amateur chorus of 70+ skilled singers whose performances in New York City and abroad have won critical acclaim. They perform three subscription concerts per year in and around New York City under the direction of Clara Longstreth, Visit them at http://www.nasingers.org/.

Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door), with senior and students discounts are available at the door. For tickets and more about the December 7 and 9 events, call 212-568-5948or visit http://www.nasingers.org/concert-1/.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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