Associate Professor of Music Lynne Morrow leads the acclaimed choral group, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, in the West Coast premiere of David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Little Match Girl Passion at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, in the Green Room of the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. It will be repeated in Berkeley at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue.
Morrow has served as Music Director of Pacific Mozart Ensemble since 2005. During that year, she prepared the chorus for the Berlin performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the recording of which received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance. This year, she is preparing the group to record the choral music of Dave Brubeck, a project made possible by a special grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Little Match Girl Passion sets the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale in the format of Johann Sebastian Bach's Saint Matthew Passion, creating a musical allegory of suffering and hopefulness.
David Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival, Bang on a Can, and composer-in-residence at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Tickets for The Little Match Girl Passion are $25 general, $15 student/senior, and may be ordered through PayPal or by calling (510) 848-8022.
At Sonoma State, Morrow is director of the Music Theatre and Vocal programs. Her fall semester will culminate in performances of the Music Theatre Scenes Workshop on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and De. 12 at 4 p.m., and La Voce Gloriosa vocal repertory concerts on Dec. 11 and 16, both at 2 p.m. All events are free and will take place in Ives Concert Hall 119.