'the little match girl passion' performed by VoNo

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hans Christian Andersen's story tells of a vulnerable existence, but in the middle of the dark there is a shimmer of bright memories and hope. It inspired American composer David Lang to compose his suggestive and painfully beautiful The Little Match Girl Passion, shaped in the same form as JS Bach's Matthew Passion.

Stockholm, Sweden

'make peace' performed by Arizona Repertory Singers

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 3:00pm

Psalm settings by C.V. Stanford, Arthur Honegger and James Macmillan. Music reflecting the “Song of Songs” by John Dunstable and Edward Bairstow; Purer than purest pure, a setting of poetry by e.e. cummings by UA composer Daniel Asia, and Make peace, a brand new work by David Lang.

Temple Emanu-el
Tuscon, AZ

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Thursday, May 2, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

Silent Voices: Lovestate, the third installment in the Silent Voices series, builds on the success of its earlier premieres at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, National Sawdust, and Prototype Festival, in a program including stand-out works from the earlier series and new premieres. In Lovestate, a dynamic roster of composers and artists collaborate with the choristers in confronting the challenges of division and categorization, racism, sexism, immigration, threats to our environment and our understanding of truth, as we seek to affirm our vision of a more inclusive and compassionate future—a world we can all look forward to. Unifying this musically and topically broad work is the distinctively versatile and beautiful sound of the rigorously-trained singers—a chorus of culturally and socioeconomically diverse New York City young people, ages 12–18. Commissioned composers for Lovestate include: Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Olga Bell, Nico Muhly, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Shaina Taub, and Bora Yoon.

New Victory Theater
New York, NY

'gift' performed by Shank-Hagedorn Duo

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Butler string area is very pleased to present concert violinist Leslie Shank and guitarist Joseph Hagedorn in a duo recital. They will be performing a recital of old and new music, including 'gift' by David Lang.

Butler University Duckwall Artist Series
Indianapolis, IN

'make peace' performed by The Esoterics

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 8:00pm

In the second program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will unveil the potential power of human togetherness, INCLUSIVITY. This performance will trace the origins of “otherness” in our first moments of life and explore how these emotions develop into exclusion at both the interpersonal and societal levels, resulting in divisiveness, xenophobia, shunning, persecution, violence, and the loneliness and wandering of exile. This program will also advocate for philoxenia – the desire to show hospitality and acceptance of strangers – which promotes the idea that we are stronger together, as an interdependent human community.

Live Music Project: Seattle
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA

'the little match girl passion' performed by OS Ensemble

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Rothko’s Chapel, a non-denominational, broadly ecumenical center, was designed by Jewish abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko (born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz). Originally conceived of as a Catholic chapel, the deeply spiritual, but abstract work of Rothko was quickly felt to be more fitting for a place of holiness open to all religions, belonging to none.

It was this work of Rothko’s that inspired Morton Feldman’s epic masterwork Rothko’s Chapel (1971). A work of great abstraction and spiritual depth, Rothko’s Chapel begins in what Feldman describes a "synagoguey type of way” and ends with what Feldman called a “quasi-Hebraic” melody in the Viola. In 2007 David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, self-consciously attempted to secularize and universalize the Passion story, by setting a Hans Christian Anderson fable in the manner of a J. S. Bach Passion. In both of these works abstraction, and universalization, are Jewish responses to being in dialogue with artistic representations of Christian spirituality.

Join us for a performance of these two choral masterworks featuring the young artists of the OS Ensemble, led by Raquel Acevedo-Klein, including the performance of a new secular sacred work by composer Adam Roberts, commissioned for the occasion.

Following the performance there will be a panel discussion on the evening’s compositions and the topic of secular sacred art and music more broadly which will feature composers David Lang and Adam Roberts as well as Kath Rothko Prizel.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Meredith Monk in Concert at The Jewish Museum

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

Renowned composer/performer Meredith Monk offers a rare, intimate concert—her premiere at the Jewish Museum—with members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin. The concert reflects Monk’s six decades of innovation and vocal mastery, and parallels the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, exploring Cohen's inspiring, influential, and enduring legacy. 

Scheuer Auditorium, The Jewish Museum
New York, NY

'the little match girl passion' (for chorus) performed by Norwegian National Children's Opera

Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019

In 2007, American composer David Lang created a choral work based on Hans Christian Andersen's history, by model of JS Bach's Matthew Passion . Where the story of Jesus' death is set against texts that reflect and comment on the action of the Passions, Lang interleaves other texts in the fairy tale about the little girl. These are texts by HP Paulli (the first to translate the adventure into English in 1872), Picander (the librettist of several of Bach's cantatas, including the Matthew Passion ), as well as excerpts from the Matthew Gospel itself. Lang uses these compilations to cut down the narrative to the basic feelings of history - expressed through music where the human voice is at the center.

The performance begins with Beth Morrison, producer and artistic director of the New Opera and Theater PROTOTYPE festival in New York City, giving an introduction to David Lang's music.

VOeX Festival
Den Norske Opera & Ballet
Oslo, Norway

'Dystopia,' 'Gotham,' and 'El Sol Caliente' at Spoleto Festival USA

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Filmmaker Bill Morrison is renowned for artful and haunting techniques that forge new works out of archival, historical, and original footage. With powerful scores composed by Michael Gordon and performed by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Morrison has made three 30-minute films capturing the aura of three American cities: Gotham (2004) for New York, Dystopia (2008) for Los Angeles, and El Sol Caliente (2015) for Miami. Presented for the first time as a trilogy with live orchestra, City Symphonies celebrates character of place and how it evolves, pairing image and music to share the energy, chaos, and beauty of urban life.

Memminger Auditorium
Charleston, SC

Exalted performed by Kronos Quartet and San Francisco Girls Choir

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:30pm

Kronos Festival 2019 kicks off with the Bay Area premiere of Stacy Garrop’s Glorious Mahalia, a work that celebrates gospel singer Mahalia Jackson through the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel. The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, joins Kronos to perform Michael Gordon’s requiem Exalted. Throughout the evening, writer Rebecca Solnit and others perform Voices of a People’s History, which brings to life the extraordinary stories of Americans who helped shape the country’s social movements. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet opens the show with Rhiannon Giddens’ composition for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative. More details to be announced; check below for up-to-date program information.


San Francisco, CA

"8" performed by Cello Octet Amsterdam

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:15pm

The Amsterdam Cello Octet cannot be missed during Dordt in Cello. This octet makes the work of a composer a true, enchanting experience. Michael Gorden's '8' is on the program tonight. Not only the Cello Octet Amsterdam brings the composer Michael Gordon into ecstasy - you are also drawn into it as an audience.

Dordrecht, Netherlands

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Manhattan Choral Ensemble

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music, David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion has been hailed by Pitchfork as “the most profound and emotionally resonant work of [Lang’s] career.” The secular oratorio sets Hans Christian Andersen’s story in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, elevating the doomed fairy tale heroine to a Christ-like figure. New Yorker Lang’s Passion will be paired with brand new compositions by innovative New York composers.

Manhattan Choral Ensemble
New York, NY

'crowd out' performed on LA Philharmonic's "Noon to Midnight"

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang had the inspiration for crowd out during a soccer match in London, where he heard the thousands of untrained voices swell, crest, and recede – at times in unison, and at times in total contrast with one another. He composed this major vocal work for one thousand voices as a way of framing how we understand the excitement, fear, and loneliness we feel in crowds; the text itself was crowdsourced with the help of various Internet search engines.


LA Phil's Noon to Midnight
Walt Disney Hall
Los Angeles, CA

'prisoner of the state' performed by the New York Philharmonic (world premiere)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:30pm to Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Don’t miss this contemporary take on Beethoven’s Fidelio. In prisoner of the state, our climactic season finale, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang transforms the classic opera into an exploration of challenging an evil government, putting a fresh lens on the fall of a political tyrant. The Philharmonic — an integral part of the drama — serves as witness in this fully staged opera.

David Geffen Hall
New York , NY

‘killer’ and 'LAD' performed by Sean Shibe (guitar)

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00pm

Acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative... Sean Shibe brings modern classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich) together with mellow, old and new tunes; the driving sound of Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for 9 bagpipes) plays against the gentle melancholy of Peter Maxwell Davies’ hugely popular Farewell to Stromness. Join him as he goes electric, fusing ancient ambient Scotland with pulsating modern New York.

Wigmore Hall
London, United Kingdom

'pierced' performed by Blaricum Music Festival

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 9:00pm

We’re very honoured to have award winning (Pulitzer Prize, Oscar nominations, Musical America’s Composer of the Year etc.) American composer David Lang in Blaricum on this 4th of July (Independence Day)! Next to two wonderful pieces by Mozart (for winds) and Dvořák (for strings) we’ll experience the Dutch Premiere of David Lang’s ‘Pierced’ for cello, piano, percussion soloists and string orchestra. It’s a highly energetic piece with a fantastic climax. Really a journey you don’t want to miss!

Blaricum Music Festival
Blaricum, Netherlands

'the public domain' performed by Nederlands Kamerkoor

Friday, July 5, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Netherlands Chamber Choir and the International Choir Biennial are joining forces for a unique and ambitious project: The Public Domain. The goal: to fill the public space with choral singing. 1000 singers sing David Langs Public Domain at two unique locations: the Zuidas in Amsterdam and the Schalkwijk district in Haarlem. And you can participate!

International Choir Biennale
the Zuidas
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser with choreography by Lucinda Childs and danced by Wendy Whelan [World premiere]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

Jacob's Pillow
Doris Duke Theatre
Lenox, MA