“Zabur” For your GRAMMY consideration

With a desire to speak of our shared values, and not of our differences…

A consortium of Indianapolis leaders from the faith community, musicians, K-12 music teachers, community arts organizations and civic-minded thinkers sought to commission a new work for chorus.

Mohammed Fairouz was commissioned to pen a work for chorus that quickly expanded to include symphony orchestra, children’s choir, vocal soloists, and adult choir.

Mohammed Fairouz’s “Zabur” for your GRAMMY consideration

In the same vein of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms set in the Latin Vulgate, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Hebrew, Arab-American composer Fairouz and librettist Najla Said set the Psalms + new poetry in English and Arabic. A rich sacred text, the Psalms are a body of writings shared by the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Islam.

“What’s important to us? What do we want to say when we sing? We are very hopeful of course, that this piece resonates throughout our community and beyond for a very long time.” – Eric Stark, Artistic Director, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir


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  1. In the media:

“This is one of Fairouz’s most moving, exciting, penetrating and enveloping works to date.”
– Opera News full article

“No one need question the relevance, alas, of Zabur, Mohammed Fairouz’s power and affecting oratorio.” “…superb, responsive form under [conductor] Eric Stark.”
– Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone full article

“The choral contributions are well prepared, and particularly effective at Zabur’s touching conclusion.”
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magainze full article

“Mohammed Fairouz’s oratorio Zabur is a powerful war requiem”
– Kyle Long, NUVO Newsweekly full article

“Zabur is a wonderful piece, well worth hearing and experiencing, and this performance is simply wonderful in every respect.”
– Lynn René Bayley full article

Mohammed Fairouz is “a post-millennial Schubert” (Gramophone) and “an important new artistic voice” (The New York Times).