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Date:Sunday, April 17, 2011
Time:5:30 PM
Location:Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Featuring:Pacific Chorale
John Alexander Singers
Pacific Symphony
Lori Loftus, organ
John Alexander, conducting

Soloists:Zanaida Robles     James Martin Schaefer
Zanaida Robles, soprano • James Martin Schaefer, baritone


Seating Chart

Giacomo Carissimi Plorate filii Israel from Jephte
David Lang The Little Match Girl Passion
(Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music;
Southern California Premiere of the choral version)
Gabriel Fauré Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

Click to view the concert program and notes.

"Daughter of Light" is presented by season sponsors Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons and by The Segerstrom Foundation, and is sponsored in part by Marcus Lussier, Tom and Vina Williams Slattery, Martin and Margie Hubbard, and The William J. Gillespie Foundation.

Pulitzer Prize juror Tim Page commented, "I don't think I've ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which is unlike any music I know." Pitchfork reviewer Jayson Greene agreed, writing, "...The Little Match Girl Passion is as much a devotional piece as the Bach Passion it is modeled on, and with it, Lang has produced the most profound and emotionally resonant work of his career."

Click here for the text of The Little Match Girl Passion.

Gabriel Fauré wrote about his Requiem, "It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, and aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience."

Although the music on this program addresses the painful subject of death, especially the premature death of the young and innocent, its ultimate message is one of transcendence and faith, as it traces the human journey from sorrow and suffering to deliverance and eternal rest.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pacific Chorale will be honoring the following organizations in Orange County that seek to prevent and remedy child abuse and neglect.

All audience members will be given a blue ribbon to take home with them, symbolizing the fight to keep children in our community from sharing the fate of the little match girl. Thank you to each of these organizations, and everyone who supports their work, for leading the way!


More information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Recommended Recordings:
• Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion: Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices; harmonia mundi
   Lang:  Amazon.com
• Fauré, Requiem: John Rutter, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia; Collegium
   Faure:  Amazon.com

More reading about The Little Match Girl Passion:

NewMusicBox: "David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion awarded 2008 Pulitzer," April 7, 2008

New York Times: "Classical Recordings: Two Pulitzer Winners and One Eclectic Mix," May 31, 2009

NewMusicBox: "Sounds Heard: David Lang—the little match girl passion" June 8, 2009

ArtsCriticATL.com: "Talking with David Lang About 'The Little Match Girl Passion,'" January 5, 2010

One Thirty BPM: "David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion," January 29, 2010

The Austin Chronicle: "Possibility of Failure: Pulitzer or not, composer David Lang won't play it safe," April 30, 2010

Austin360.com: "Noted composer's passion confronts suffering, religion," May 1, 2010

Los Angeles Times: "David Lang's divine pursuit: 'The Little Match Girl Passion'," January 16, 2011