Dessoff presents Lang's the little match girl passion
Posted 3/5/2018

David LangHailed as "one of the great amateur choruses of our time" (New York Today) for its "full-bodied sound and suppleness," (The New York Times) The Dessoff Choirs continues its 93rd season with a concert at 4:00 PM on March 11, 2018 at downtown’s Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 273 Mott Street. The highlight of the program is the little match girl passion, the allegorical choral reenactment of the Passion by composer David Lang (b.1957).

Lang won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music for the little match girl passion, a meditation on human suffering based on Hans Christian Andersen's story The Little Match Girl. Andersen's Dickensian tale is of a little girl who freezes to death on the street on New Year's eve after failing to sell any matches to earn money for her family. More...

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