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Little Match Girl Passion
March 18, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$24.95 – $59.95
In This Performance
Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang
Diaries of the Forgotten by Shireen Abu-Khader – a TMChoir commission
Excerpts from St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach
On the music
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents Little Match Girl Passion — a musical vigil drawing awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness in our city. This moment of reflection features diverse choral selections centred on excerpts of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, a new commission, Diaries of the Forgotten, by our inaugural composer-in-residence, Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader, and David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, The Little Match Girl Passion. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tale about a poverty-stricken young woman sent out into the cold by her father to sell matches, this work leads us on a journey where hope and memories meet the harsh reality of the snowy streets.
Audience members are invited to donate gently used clothing, particularly coats, scarves, socks, and hats. The generous staff and volunteers of Holy Trinity TO will be on site to share resources on their work and collect the donations. The Holy Trinity strives to work with others in the community to uproot the systemic injustice which entraps the weakest members of our society.
This concert is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.