UMD Symphony Orchestra & UMD Chamber Singers: little match girl passion and The Nutcracker

UMD Symphony Orchestra
UMD Chamber Singers

little match girl passion and The Nutcracker
Friday, December 4, 2015 . 8PM
Les Illuminations
UMD Symphony Orchestra photo by Alison Harbaugh
Principal People: 

Conductor James Ross

Video design Tim McLoraine

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Estimated Length: 
1 hour and 25 minutes with no intermission

Drawing from various holiday stories seen through the eyes of children, the UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Chamber Singers provocatively combine excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with David Lang’s poignant little match girl passion for solo chamber choir.

The inter-weaving of these two works with imagery by video designer Tim McLoraine looks to find a common thread between the lives of those who may have and those who may not.

Preview by Ionarts

The most unusual combination of holiday music goes to the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Singers.

CHARLES DOWNEY, Ionarts, October 27, 2015

Preview by the Diamondback

The goal behind combining the two vastly different pieces was to show how people really feel during the holiday season, said Steven Seigart, who conducts the chamber singers during the performance.

JOSH MAGNESS, The Diamondback, December 2, 2015

Review by the UMD Writer's Bloc

The performance, presented by this university’s School of Music, exemplified the definitive contrast between rich and poor, joy and sorrow and luxury and squalor with both the whimsical, billowing sounds of the orchestra and the delicate, chilling vocals of the choir.

JORDAN STOVKA, UMD Writer's Bloc, December 6, 2015

Review by Ionarts

Conductor James Ross chose wisely from Tchaikovsky's score, with ten orchestral selections by his orchestra interspersed within a complete performance of Lang's work by Steven Seigert's University of Maryland Chamber Singers

CHARLES DOWNEY, Ionarts, December 6, 2015