Tiffany Series Choir Concert May 5 Features Talk with Leonard Bernstein’s Son

Brown Memorial's Chancel Choir singing during an event.

Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” an exhilarating work that expresses the composer’s hope for fellowship and peace in the world, will be performed by the choirs of Brown Memorial and Beth El Congregation under the baton of Tom Hall. Michael Britt will play the organ accompaniment in this concluding Tiffany Series event of the season.


The concert, which celebrates the church’s 150th anniversary, will be presented on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 3 p.m.  A reception will follow.


In each of the three movements of “Chichester Psalms,” the choirs sing a complete Biblical Psalm, plus excerpts from another. Jazzy and contemporary, the piece is filled with gorgeous melodies as well as unusual harmonies, rhythms and meters (and echoes of “West Side Story”). Bernstein called the work “popular in feeling” with “an old-fashioned sweetness along with its more violent moments.” Ultimately, the music and text combine in a visionary plea for reconciliation and unity before concluding with a final Amen.


The program will begin with a conversation between Alexander Bernstein, the composer’s son, and Tom Hall. In addition to “Chichester Psalms,” the choirs will perform the premiere of Cantor Thom King’s “Psalm 24” as well as C. Hubert H. Parry’s “I was Glad.”


Tickets are $20, and $50 for patrons (who get a free CD and our heartfelt gratitude for the support). Students get free admission. Purchase your tickets online or at the door.


Free parking in the Mt Royal Elementary School lot on the 100 block of Mosher Street and shuttle service to the church will be available. For more information, please call 410-523-1542 or email [email protected].


We hope you will join us for this exciting and memorable concert!