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WNYC presents American premiere of Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion


On Sunday, November 8 at 8pm, John Schaefer, creator of the esteemed annual “New Sounds Live” concert series, will host the American premiere of David Lang’s choral version of The Little Match Girl Passion, performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers and conducted by Harold Rosenbaum.  Based on the classic fairy story by Hans Christian Anderson, the work received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music.  It will be coupled with Lux Aeterna, a piece for 16 solo singers, written by György Ligeti in 1966 and famous for its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The program will be performed and broadcast live from the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WNYC’s new multiplatform, street-level broadcast studio and performance venue.  This show will be the first live presentation on Q2, WQXR’s new webstream dedicated to contemporary classical and new music, found at  It will also air live on WNYC 93.9 FM, and a video webcast will be available at

“With all due respect to the hundreds of distinguished pieces I’ve listened to as a Pulitzer juror,” said music critic Tim Page, “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.”

Sunday, November 8 at 8pm
“New Sounds Live”
American Premiere of David Lang’s choral version of The Little Match Girl
John Schaefer, host
The Greene Space,
160 Varick Street, New York NY 10013

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