Artistic Di=ector


Psalms, Psalms, Psalms

Saturday, Sep. 5, 2015, 7:30 pm @ Chinese Gospel Church (450 Dundas St. W Toronto)


A testimony about Jesus Christ through
classical and contemporary music based on Psalms


Click for previous concerts: Adversity and Transfiguration, Dry Bones Shall Live, Wisdom in Folk Music  

Toronto Messiaen Ensemble:
Takayo Noguchi (violin/principal), Peter Pinteric (clarinet)
Hee-Yeon Kim (cello), Matthew Ming Li (piano)
Gideon Gee-Bum Kim (artistic director/composer)

“Lux Aeterna” Singers

Guest Musicians:
Jihye Joelle Kee (violin), Esther Hae-In Choi (flute)
Melody Yvonne Chan (piano), DJ Kim (tenor)



The Book of Psalms, Tehillim in Hebrew (תְּהִלִּים or תהילים meaning "Praises"), commonly referred to simply as Psalms or "the Psalms", is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third section of the Hebrew Bible. The title is derived from the Greek translation, ψαλμοί psalmoi, meaning "instrumental music" and, by extension, "the words accompanying the music." The book is an anthology of individual psalms, with 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian tradition and more in the Eastern Christian churches. Many of the psalms are linked to the name of King David, although his authorship is not accepted by many modern Bible scholars.


The Book of Psalms is divided into five sections, each closing with a doxology (i.e., a benediction). Like other books of the bible, the theme of the Book of Psalms is “Jesus Christ” and the relationship between God and His people through Jesus Christ.

Book 1: Psalms 1–41 The Kingdom of God is fulfilled by King David who symbolizes “Jesus Christ”. For this reason, the majority of the Psalms in the Book 1 were written by David.

Book 2: Psalms 42–72 The accomplished Kingdom of God continues with the son of David, Solomon whose name means “Shalom” (Peace) and who symbolizes Jesus Christ, the King of Peace. For this reason, the Book 2 ends with the Psalm of Solomon (Psalm 72).

Book 3: Psalms 73–89 Book 3 is the fundamental question of the people of God, this being the reason for their suffering even though the Kingdom of God has been fulfilled and they are the people of the kingdom. They complain that the wicked are prosperous, although they are painful: For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 73:3). God’s people eventually find an answer when they go into the Sanctuary which symbolizes Jesus Christ: When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. (Psalm 73:16~17)

Book 4: Psalms 90–106 Book 4 is God’s answer of the fundamental question in Book 3 to His people. For that reason the first psalm of Book 4 begins with the prayer of Moses man of God. The Psalm 90 is Moses’ Psalm and the oldest psalm in the entire Psalms: (A Prayer of Moses the man of God) Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Book 5: Psalms 107–150 Book 5 is the eternal praise of the people of God to their LORD. They realize the LORD’s grace and that the LORD has been their dwelling place in every generation. The last book of Psalms are shouts of joy and victory of His people who are also called the saints that by the grace of God, they became the Sanctuary of God which is His dwelling place: Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD, Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 150:6)



In order to express the gratitude and the glee that the LORD allows to His people only by His
grace, the Toronto Messiaen Ensemble and the “Lux Aeterna” Singers state the Lord Jesus Christ
through below programmed works based on or related to Psalms.

* By the Rivers of Babylon for mixed chorus, percussions, and piano; Psalm 137:1, 5
(Ofer Ben-Amots)

Psalm 130 for mixed chorus, piano, clarinet, two violins and cello
(Gideon Gee-Bum Kim)

LORD is My Shepherd for tenor, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano; Psalm 23
(Un Young Na, Arr. Gideon Kim)

* Psalm 71 for prepared piano, clarinet, 2 violins, and cello
(Gideon Gee-Bum Kim)

* Three Songs of Ascents (Psalm 123, 128 & 134) for flute, clarinet, 2 violins and cello
(Gideon Gee-Bum Kim)


Piano Trio No. 1 (Op. 8) in C Minor
(Dmitri Shostakovich)

Two Movements from “Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus"
(Twenty gazes on the infant Jesus) for piano
18. Regard de l'Onction terrible (Gaze of the awesome Anointing); Psalm 23:5
12. La parole toute-puissante (The all-powerful word); Psalm 119
(Olivier Messiaen)

The Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken for mixed chorus, violin, clarinet, cello and piano;
Psalm 87:3
(Gideon Gee-Bum Kim)

* Canadian Premiere




Gideon Gee-Bum Kim, managing/artistic director


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