Lamentations: איכה

A program of choral music mourning violence in Jerusalem, drawing text from the Book of Lamentations, by Thomas Tallis, Giovanni da Palestrina, Orlando de Lassus, and Benjamin Beckman (’24)

by Benjamin Beckman

Poster for Lamentations, with information and medieval paintings of violence in Jerusalem (see description)

The Book of Lamentations is a biblical text (attributed to Jeremiah the Prophet) that mourns the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE. Originally written in Hebrew as part of the Old Testament, it later became prominent in the liturgy for Catholic holy week. As such, a number of the greatest composers of the Renaissance wrote music drawing text from Lamentations for liturgical use. This program seeks to reframe Lamentations, reflecting on the modern political situation in Israel: one fraught with violence. What can Lamentations, as a poetic, literary, spiritual and sacred work, offer to us today?

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Performance Dates & Times

February 26, 2022 - 7:00pm


Dwight Chapel

Venue Accessibility: 
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Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date vaccination status. Please bring your COVID 19 vaccination card, clearly legible photo of your vaccination card on your phone, or your MyChart vaccination confirmation and a valid photo ID. Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination.


Maia Béar
Cora Hagens
Matthew Reese
Weston Kerekes
Louis Sokolow

Production Team

Musical Director