Glimmerglass Festival presents Passions: Lang’s “the little match girl passsion” and Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”

Saturday, July 20th 2013 at 8:00 pm

Love and loss echo through two one-acts in a unique juxtaposition of 18th and 21st-century musical masterpieces. The company will premiere a new version of the work that took the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music, Lang’s the little match girl passion, with an 18th-century masterpiece, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  In this pairing, the company presents the pain and catharsis of two deaths – that of an anonymous, impoverished little girl and that of a controversial prophet, as seen through the eyes of his grieving mother.

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act the little match girl passion is based on a fable by Hans Christian Andersen, with a libretto by Lang that is influenced by the format and journey of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion. It employs an ensemble of four singers and percussion to tell the story of a poor, young girl who, despite great adversity, retains her purity of spirit.  Glimmerglass will present a revised version of the score by David Lang, incorporating a children’s chorus. The cast features members of the Young Artists Program, celebrating its 25th year.  Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is a meditation on the suffering of a mother—Mary, the mother of Jesus—as she watches her son suffer and die. Its text is taken from a medieval poem, set by a number of composers. Rising choreographer Jessica Lang will direct and choreograph the production, giving life and movement to Mary’s emotional journey

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