The Crypt Sessions


David Lang's 'The Little Match Girl Passion'

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

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Performance #1
Wine & Cheese Reception:
6:30 - 7:30PM
Concert: 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Performance #2
Wine & Cheese Reception:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Concert: 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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the long version

You can keep your Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman... our go-to holiday story has always been David Lang's heartbreaking, Pulitzer-winning Little Match Girl Passion - a choral work that tells one of the darkest, most deeply human stories of hope and suffering ever put to paper. Performing this transfixing score are the brilliant minds and voices of Ekmeles, a peerless new music vocal group who have made Lang's masterpiece a staple of their repertoire.

The short version

This story would be a tearjerker if you heard it in a middle-school cafeteria... echoing amidst the sacred stone of the Crypt, it promises to be one of the most truly unforgettable events of the holiday season.

The Program

The Music

Come, Daughter
It was Terribly Cold
Dearest Heart
Inan Old Apron
Penance and Remorse
Lights Were Shining
Patience, Patience!
Ah! Perhaps
Have Mercy, My God
She Lighted Another Match
From the Sixth House
She Again Rubbed a Match
When It is Time for Me to Go
In the Dawn of Morning
We Sit and Cry

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The Artists

The Performers


Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant garde. They have a special focus on microtonal works, and have been praised for their “extraordinary sense of pitch” by the New York Times. They are the recipients of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s 2023 Ensemble Prize, the first American group to receive the honor.

Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Amber Evans, soprano
Tomás Cruz, tenor
Steven Hrycelak, bass
Jeffrey Gavett, conductor