The Silent Voices: From the Margins 

David Lang: the little match girl passion
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands

YouTube Premiere:
Saturday, October 3, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Bechtler Ensemble
Northwest School of the Arts
Charotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers

Caroline Shaw 02.jpgDavid Lang 02.jpgMargins features our Chamber Singers performing two important contemporary works: Pulitzer Prize® winner Caroline Shaw’s To the Hands, and David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize®-winning the little match girl passion.

To the Hands  highlight texts from immigrants and refugees coming to the United States. According to the composer, "To the Hands begins inside the 17th century sound of Dieterich Buxtehude. It expands and colors and breaks this language, as the piece’s core considerations, of the suffering of those around the world seeking refuge, and of our role and responsibility in these global and local crises, gradually come into focus. 

Lang'sthe little match girl passion  is a setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable of a girl and the choices she faces due to extreme poverty. As  Reed Johnson of the Los Angeles Times  put it, "Equally inspired by Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Little Match Girl,” Lang’s piece is a rare bird in contemporary classical music: a broadly accessible work on which critics as well as the public bestow their blessings."

The concert will be recorded at the  Bechtler Museum of Modern Art  and feature the Bechtler Ensemble, as well as artist’s renderings of the texts from students at the Northwest School for the Arts. It will be an aurally and visually engaging performance of works from two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers.


To the Hands 

Caroline Shaw has made the score available to the public.

Download the Text

Download the Score

Download Caroline Shaw's Note

Visit Caroline Shaw's web site

the little match girl passion

Visit David Lang's web site

2020 Fall Events



October 3 launches our 2020-21 season with the online premiere of "Margins", featuring Pulitzer-prize winning composers Caroline Shaw and David Lang. This is a unique collaboration between the Bechtler Museum, Bechtler Ensemble, Northwest School of the Arts, and the Chamber Singers of the Charlotte Master Chorale.
Stand Together

Stand Together

Premiering Saturday, November 21, Stand Together features the Charlotte Master Chorale and our friends at the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble. We will feature Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, as well as other works that encourage unity and generate a healthy conversation in our community.


Premiering on Saturday, December 5, Charlotte Master Chorale will lead a sing-along virtual
 performance of Part I (the “Christmas Portion”) of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. This event is intended for singers and audience members throughout the Charlotte community to help present this time-honored tradition. This online Messiah includes a virtual-choir opportunity for singers to join together to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale

Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale

Premiering Saturday, December 19, 2020, Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale will feature all of the ensembles of the Charlotte Master
 Chorale and will serve to quench the thirst for “live” Christmas music. This production will highlight some of the great carols of the season, as well as inspiring seasonal repertoire that promotes hope, love, joy, and peace. We hope this annual event will serve as a pillar in the December concert season.