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January 10, 2013

Glimmerglass Festival to audition local children

The Glimmerglass Festival will hold children’s chorus auditions for the 2013 Festival on Jan. 24 through 26 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richfield Springs, according to the media release from the Festival.

The company is casting 24 singers, in forth through 12th grades, to perform in the children’s chorus of David Lang’s “the little match girl passion,” which will be presented July 20 through Aug. 22. Interested parties should call 547-0700 ext. 231 to schedule an audition. Those auditioning should prepare one age-appropriate folk song or musical theater song in English.

An accompanist will be provided; those auditioning must provide sheet music. 

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act “the little match girl passion” is based on a fable by Hans Christian Andersen, with a libretto by Lang that is influenced by the format and journey of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” It employs an ensemble of four singers and percussion to tell the story of a poor, young girl who, despite great adversity, retains her purity of spirit. Glimmerglass will present a revised version of the score by David Lang, incorporating the children’s chorus, the release stated.

“I got very excited when (Glimmerglass Festival Artistic and General Director) Francesca Zambello asked if she could stage the piece with a new version of the musical score that incorporated children’s voices,” Lang said in the release. “So much of the power of the story for adults comes from our projecting ourselves into the suffering of this one child. Children’s voices will make that projection so much more powerful.”

Zambello will direct the one-act.

“I am very passionate about involving as many children in our productions as possible,” Zambello said in the release. “What better way to learn about the theater, than to participate in it? David’s revised orchestration will allow for such great opportunities for children in the Cooperstown area, and I could not be more pleased.” 

David Moody will conduct. Moody has served on the company’s music staff for close to a decade and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School of Music.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 98 Main St. in Richfield Springs. For more information, visit www.

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