Scenes of Childhood

Pre-concert talk with composer David Lang and Sarah Rothenberg at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 8:00 PM
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Britten   Charm of Lullabies
Tchaikovsky   Selected Songs for Children, Op. 54
Poulenc   Nous voulons une petite soeur
Ravel   Cinq melodies greque
David Lang   The Little Match Girl Passion (Houston premiere)


Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano; Patrick Harvey, piano; Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson, music director; David Lang, guest composer


Fairy tales and childhood memories from around the world are retold through music in this compelling program that features radiant mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke in her Da Camera debut, and Houston Chamber Choir performing David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Little Match Girl Passion, in its Houston premiere. Lang brilliantly and poignantly sets Hans Christian Andersen's fable in the manner of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.


“[Sasha Cooke gave a] fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction.” -- The New Yorker


"With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for The Little Match Girl Passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master." --The New Yorker


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