The Silent Voices: From the Margins
David Lang: the little match girl passion
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands
Saturday, October 3, 2020 • 7:30 pm
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 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.