The Silent Voices: From the Margins
David Lang: the little match girl passion
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands
Margins 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 highlights 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's the 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 artists' renderings of the texts from students at the Northwest School of the Arts. It will be an aurally and visually engaging performance of works from two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers.
This project was made possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Bechtler Ensemble.
To the Hands
Caroline Shaw has made the score available to the public.
the little match girl passion
Our performances—and music we select—are intended to do more than provide entertainment. With this concert, we hope to boost awareness of our neighbors who need assistance and to spur action. This is part of our long-term goal to continue to build bridges in our community, and to broaden access to the power, beauty, solace, and joy that choral music provides.
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To protect our performers and our audience during the pandemic, Charlotte Master Chorale is presenting its fall lineup through free virtual concerts. If you would like to help offset the loss of ticket revenue and support the efforts of the Charlotte Master Chorale, you can make a secure online gift by clicking "GIVE NOW" on our Support page.