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Lang's Passion Makes U.S. Choral Debut

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It’s part Bach, part Hans Christian Andersen and whole lot of New York. The New York Virtuoso Singers performed the choral version of the composer's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion Sunday night at The Greene Space.

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion made its U.S. choral debut at The Jerome L. Greene Space on Sunday evening. The New York Virtuoso Singers performed the work.

Lang has been a fixture on the New York music scene for quite some time. He’s a co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s new music ensemble, Bang On A Can.

Passion tells the story of a little girl from a rough home who sells matches on the street to try to get by. In the end, she freezes to death.

Sound familiar? That’s because it is. Lang based the story on the Hans Christian Andersen fable The Little Match Girl and drew musical inspiration from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion. Watch the performance below.