“With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for The Little Match Girl Passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.”

The New Yorker

Conspirare kicks off the 16-17 Season with an intimate chamber concert featuring Craig Hella Johnson and a quartet of Conspirare singers. Experience these critically-acclaimed voices as they create a special space of beautiful vocalism, breathtaking artistry and inspirational music. 

Conspirare singers Cameron Beauchamp, Dann Coakwell, Stefanie Moore, and Kathlene Ritch will perform the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning quartet version of David Lang’s stirring work, a rewriting of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a poor match girl’s death from cold. Modeled after Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, this modern, minimalist, masterwork was first performed by Conspirare in 2010 in its choral version, and is being re-presented by popular demand. Lang’s work will be of special interest to fans of Arvo Pärt. With percussionist Thomas Burritt.

“There is no Bach in my piece and there is no Jesus — rather the suffering of the Little Match Girl has been submitted for Jesus’s, elevating (I hope) her sorrow to a higher plane.” –

—David Lang

Complementing this masterwork, and following an intermission, will be a collection of radiant and uplifting songs curated by Craig. You will be transported and inspired!

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Classical MPR story/interview with composer David Lang, 05.28.13

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09.30.16 (8pm), Friday

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
2111 Alexander Ave., Austin, TX
Pre-concert conversation with Craig Hella Johnson and KMFA’s Dianne Donovan in the sanctuary at 7pm
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More about Dianne Donovan

Montreal-born Dianne Donovan lives and loves music. As midday announcer on KMFA-Classical 89.5, she shares her joy and passion of classical music, along with interesting tidbits of information about the composers and their music. Her natural curiosity in the artistic process serves well, when she conducts both live interviews and those for the show she hosts, produces, and edits, Classical Austin. A veteran broadcaster, Dianne still produces a jazz show for CKUA, in Canada.

Photo by Greg Abell

Photo by Greg Abell

When she’s not talking music, she’s singing it with: The Beat Divas, The Donovan/Watkins Duo, and other ensembles in Austin. She was the featured singer with “Gary Guthman’s Tribute to Harry James Symphony Pops Concert”, which toured Canada and the U.S. and has sung on numerous Canadian television and radio programs. She has collaborated writing a theme for a television show and an animated short. Dianne has two jazz CDs to her credit and another in-the-making. She is a long-time fan of Conspirare and of Craig Hella Johnson.

10.01.16 (8pm), Saturday

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
2111 Alexander Ave., Austin, TX
Pre-concert conversation with Craig Hella Johnson and KMFA’s Dianne Donovan in the sanctuary at 7pm.
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This will be Conspirare’s inaugural performance at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Abundant free parking.

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About Composer David Lang
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David Lang (photo © Peter Serling)

Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. His work has been recorded on the Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, BMG, Point, Chandos, Argo/Decca, and Cantaloupe labels, among others.

Lang’s works are performed around the globe by the BBC Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Boston Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet and many others; and at festivals and venues such as Lincoln Center, the Southbank Centre, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, MusicNOW festival, The Munich Biennale, the Settembre Musica Festival, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival and the Almeida, Holland, Berlin, Adelaide and Strasbourg Festivals.

MORE at davidlangmusic.com


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