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B A LT I M O R E C H O R A L A R T S P R E S E N T S LITTLE MATCH GIRL SUNDAY, FEB 10, 2019 AT 3 PM | Falvey Hall, Brown Center at MICA This a cappella performance of the Baltimore Choral Arts Chamber Singers recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl in this unique, multi-sensory mash-up with MICA! J. S. Bach – Four Chorales from St. Matthew Passion Stephen Chatman – How Sweet and Fair David Lang – the little match girl passion is called ‘Tristan’; the garden…is called ‘Isolde.’ This garden is full of light and shade, of plants and new flowers, of brightly colored and melodious birds. … Time flows on forgotten, the lovers are outside time, let’s not wake them…” Now we finally hear the “Love” theme in full bloom, surrounded by piano and woodwind birdsong. Turangalîla 2: The piano enters to awaken the lovers. Now death intervenes with music of harrowing drama. It begins fairly quietly, but the middle section turns violent, inspired by reading Edgar Allen Poe’s gothic horror story The Pit and the Pendulum. Developpement de l’amour: The last “Love” movement is described by Messiaen as a development section, both musically and symbolically, for the whole symphony. All the recurring themes return here, but the most prominent is the “Love” theme. Three times it breaks through the texture in longer and larger “explosions” (Messiaen). Turangalîla 3: This is the quietest and least threatening of the “Turangalîla” movements. A clarinet, supported by chiming percussion and whispering ondes, introduces the winding, mysterious theme, which is treated to a series of variations layered over intricate rhythmic patterns. The variations finish, and the movement abruptly fades out. Finale: The Finale is an exuberant celebration that Messiaen instructed should be played “with great joy.” The most conventional in form of the ten movements, it is essentially a sonata form with two themes. Though it is completely disguised by its rhythm and fast tempo, the second theme is actually the “Love” theme. However, later in the movement it makes a glorious and unambiguous reappearance in a slower tempo as all of this vast orchestra’s instruments join in proclaiming its triumph. Tickets: $41, General Admission There will be a post-concert Choral Conversation inside Falvey Hall. Doors will open early for a student art gallery viewing and hot chocolate reception. Call 410.523.7070 or visit www.BaltimoreChoralArts.org ANTHONY BLAKE CLARK Music Director c i s u M Making Beautiful at Howard County’s Premier Retirement Community Residences are 99% reserved. Be the first to join the Priority List for the first that become available! Instrumentation: Two flutes, piccolo, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, three bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, piccolo trumpet, cornet, three trombones, tuba, celesta, percussion and strings. 9000 Fathers Legacy Ellicott City, MD 21042 410-465-2005 | www.MillersGrant.org Notes by Janet E. Bedell, © 2019 JA N – F E B 201 9 / OV E R T U R E 15