Vox Humana presents B.C. premiere of Match Girl Passion

The performance is March 17 at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Barnabas Church, 1525 Begbie St.

Vox Humana presents the British Columbia premiere and second Canadian performance of The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang on  March 17.

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008, Lang’s reflective musical setting is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s text.

It tells the tragic story of a poor young girl, beaten by her father, who tries unsuccessfully to sell matches on the street, is ignored, and finally freezes to death.

Lang’s setting of this original story incorporates influences from various sources, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

Vox Humana’s performance of this work features dancers from Victoria’s ZarYevka Ballet, choreographed by Capri Aspé. Part of the St. Barnabas chamber music series, additional works include Lighten Mine Eyes by Bo Hansson, Laudate by Knut Nystedt and the world premiere of commissioned work, Compassio, by Victoria’s own David Archer.

The performance is March 17 at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Barnabas Church, 1525 Begbie St. Tickets are $10 (limited seating), 25 and under are free.

Tickets are available at Long & McQuade, 756 Hillside Ave., Ivy’s Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave., and online at voxhumanachoir.ca.