Pärt, Lang, Burhans, Shaw and Whitacre

Sunday, March 12, 2023
concert-clock 5:00 pm
concert-pin In person at All Souls Church

Described as a 21st century classic, the Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang (2007) combines the Hans Christian Anderson story with form elements from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, to create an emotional and transformational journey. Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) for viola and piano is a minimalist, meditative piece that gently invites us into its calm presence. Caleb Burhans’ Super Flumina Babylonis (2013) is a sumptuous and expressive choral setting of Psalm 137 by the New York City composer who seamlessly combines classical, ambient and post-rock styles. Limestone & Felt (2012) presents two kinds of surfaces—essentially hard and soft. This piece for viola and cello by Caroline Shaw may represent two opposing ways we experience history and design our own present. The music of Eric Whitacre was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as being “of unearthly beauty and imagination”, while Cloudburst (1995) was described by the composer himself as reverent, meditative and centered, adjectives which also convey the message of this entire program.


Arvo Pärt, The Beatitudes
__For choir and organ

David Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion
__For choir and percussion

Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel
__For viola and piano

Caleb Burhans, Super Flumina Babylonis
__For choir, viola, cello, celesta and percussion

Caroline Shaw, Limestone and Felt
__For viola and cello

Eric Whitacre, Cloudburst
__For choir, piano, and percussion

Musica Viva NY choir
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor
Organ, piano and celesta – Trent Johnson
Viola – Marta Lambert
Cello – Clara Abel
Percussion – Kathryn Fortunato and Tasha Becker

All Souls Church

1157 Lexington Avenue,

New York, NY 10075