The Dessoff Choirs Presents The Little Match Girl Passion
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Hailed 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 one-night only concert, March 11, 2018, at downtown’s Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Program includes The Little Match Girl Passion, the allegorical choral reenactment of the Passion by composer David Lang (b.1957), Bach’s (1685-1750) Komm Jesu, komm, and the complete Chichester Psalms by Bernstein.
Land won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music for The Little Match Girl Passion which is 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. “What drew me to The Little Match Girl is that the strength of the story lies not in its plot but in the fact that the horror and the beauty are constantly suffused with their opposites,” explains Lang. “Andersen tells this story as a kind of parable, drawing a religious and moral equivalency between the suffering of the poor girl and the suffering of Jesus.”