In medieval Christian monasticism, the Old Testament was described as "The Book of Desire" and selections were included in daily prayers and the annual cycle of readings within the church calendar. The Psalms were of particular importance; read and recited at every service, they traced for Christians the narrative arc from longing for God to fulfillment in Christ, from lament to adoration.
Featuring music and dance, performers will include the Duke Chapel Evensong Singers, Andrew Nemr, and Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet. In addition to traditional sacred music by Herbert Howells, Caroline Shaw, and others, the evening includes new dance works choreographed for this event. Visual artist Makoto Fujimura and theologian Dr. Ellen Davis will introduce this remarkable evening rooted in the Psalms.
Psalms in Dialogue is a multi-year collaborative project engaging artists, performers, and theologians in a creative dialogue on the power of the Psalms to comfort and inspire communities of faith.
Admission is free. Event parking is available for $5 in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive; ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.
Learn more about the rest of the Chapel Music season at chapel.duke.edu/music.