co-commissioned by the Company of Music, Vienna, Johannes Hiemetsberger, Director; the Crossing, Philadelphia, Donald Nally, Director; and the Fisher Center at Bard College
Text by David Lang (after Stephen Foster)
The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company
Since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, David Lang’s the little match girl passionhas quickly joined the repertoire as a chamber work, a staged production, a work for full chorus, and a featured event on Christmas and Easter concerts around the world.
This season over 50 performances of the little match girl passion are being given by ensembles throughout North America, Europe and Australia, including the return of Donald Nally’s The Crossing to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art…continue reading
large chorus, plus one snare drum
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company
I wouldn’t say that I am super religious, but I am definitely religion-curious. It is a big part of my family background, and, to be honest, a big part of the history of my chosen field, Western classical music. For the past 1000 years, the church has been the most powerful commissioner of Western music, and its most active employer of musicians.
Because of this, much of our foundational repertoire is explicitly on the subject of how music helps a listener get in the mood for a religious experience…continue reading