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Los Alamos Choral Society’s concert a success

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By The Staff

Fifty singers from the Los Alamos Choral Society, with 18 singers from the Santa Fe Music Works offered three sacred works May 17 at the Methodist Church, under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarack, accompanied by Cindy Little, with organist Francis Meier and percussionist Kip Bishofberger in the Bernstein “Chichester Psalms.”  

Although the Bernstein has become quite popular, I had only heard it over the radio, and didn’t know what to make of it, thanks to the text in Hebrew.  Armed with the text and translation, I was able to appreciate it as a major composition.

The Hebrew text has numerous inflections, which fit the modern dance style of the music.  

It includes six psalms: A verse from Psalm 108 as introduction, “Awake, psaltery and harp” and Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands,” followed by Psalm 23, sung very beautifully by young soprano Richard Schmidt in counterpoint with the men’s chorus singing from Psalm 2, “Why do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”  In conclusion, the full chorus sang Psalm 131, “Lord, Lord, my heart is not haughty” and a verse of Psalm 133, “Behold how good, and how pleasant it is, for brethren to dwell together in unity.”


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