The Box Is Empty, Seattle’s newest contemporary music ensemble, performs its second concert this January: David Lang’s Pulitzer-prize-winning the little match girl passion(Northwest premiere) and Steve Reich’s Proverb. We begin with Proverb, which quotes Ludwig Wittgenstein, “How small a thought is takes to fill someone’s whole life!” The little match girl passion answers with the touching story of Hans Christian Andersen’s little match girl, who slowly freezes to death as she lights match after match desperately trying to keep warm. Come hear these beautifully minimal settings of a haunting winter’s tale.
Steve Reich – Proberb
David Lang – the little match girl passion
Maria Mannisto and Christina Siemens, sopranos; Kathea Yarnell, alto; Mark Leuning and Brian Winnie, Tenors; Tim Blok and Yigit Kolat, electric organs; Becca Baggenstoss and Denali Williams, percussion
Jeremiah Cawley, conductor