Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth of pianist, conductor, and composer Jean Berger, born in Germany to a Jewish family in 1909. He left Germany in 1933 following Hitler’s rise to power, moving first to France, then to Brazil. He moved to the United States in 1941, enlisted in the army in 1942, and became a U.S. citizen in 1943. After the war, Berger had a long academic career, serving on the faculties of Middlebury College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He composed works for orchestra and for chamber ensembles, but most of his compositions were for the voice — including this beautiful “Alleluia” from The Brazilian Psalm, for tenor and chorus.