GIMC Variations on the 23rd Psalm ("The Lord is My Shepherd")

MAr 30

Join GIMC's exploration of diverse rich liturgical expression Every spiritual community has its unique way of singing a new song to the Lord.  On Sunday, March 30, you'll have an opportunity to hear a diverse array of such musical offerings, when individuals and groups from various Nashville churches and synagogues will perform their own versions of the beloved 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd."  In this concert-intended for music lovers of all sorts-the cup of beautiful song will run over.
                                                         March 30th - 8pm

PM 8

Blair School of Music - Turner Hall - Vanderbilt University   Participants will include the Christ Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael Velting, Cantor Stanley Weinberger from West End Synagogue, Vanderiblt's own Voices of Praise, and Divinity Professor John McClure performing his own version of Psalm 23.  During the concert, Blair School composer Michael Alec Rose will comment on the relationships between the biblical text and its different musical settings and provide examples of how this particular psalm has inspired composers from the classical tradition.  Finally, Professor Rose will offer his own new setting of "The Lord is my shepherd."

Celebration, Performance, Dialogue

"Variations on the 23rd Psalm" will dramatize the rich diversity of religious musical practice in our city of Nashville, the jewel in the Southern crown of spiritual pluralism.  The event is an extraordinarily vivid way to investigate God in Music City.  Through performances of various settings of the same biblical text by performers who use these same settings in their ongoing congregational liturgical practice, the program will celebrate the way in which different musical realizations can affect-even dramatically alter-the meaning and purpose of a sacred text as it serves a faith community, just as the 23rd Psalm has served innumerable faith communities for thousands of years.  The location of the event at the Blair School of Music has inspired the added educational and creative dimensions of the concert:  through brief recorded examples of classic Psalm 23 settings and the premiere of a new meditation on the psalm by Michael Alec Rose, this evening of music and commentary will take the sense of its title -variations on a psalm-as far as it ought to go, as far as the mysterious text of the psalm demands. 

Facilitated by Dr. Michael Rose

Michael Alec Rose
is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. His works have been commissioned by many outstanding organizations, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, the International Spoleto Festival, the Blair and Mendelssohn Quartets, and the Nashville Symphony (three compositions for that ensemble). He has received twenty-two consecutive annual awards in composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, 1986-2007.  In September, 2007, Rose was invited for his second residency at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where his Hubbert Peak:  Two Gas Stations for String Quartet was premiered by the Kreutzer Quartet. Professor Rose studied with Pulitzer-Prize winning composers George Crumb and Richard Wernick, as well as with two other legendary mentors, George Rochberg and Samuel Adler.   He has won several major teaching awards at Vanderbilt, including the prestigious Chair of Teaching Excellence.