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IlluminArts presents Pulitzer Prize winning composition directed by R. B. Schlather

IlluminArts presents David Lang's, "the little match girl passion" as an installation staged by R.B. Schlather at museums across the country

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Huge Success at Jack Shainman Gallery | The School

Posted on November 15, 2016 by IlluminArts

IlluminArts presented a one day installation of “the little match girl passion” at Jack Shainman Gallery | The School in Kinderhook, NY.  It was an incredible day of experimenting with how to activate a new space with the concept that was created at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.  Check out the video!

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This Saturday, August 20th!

Posted on August 16, 2016 by IlluminArts

Join us for the first stop on our tour!  Here are the details:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

12:00PM – 5:00PM

Jack Shainman Gallery | The School

25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY  12106


IlluminArts, Miami’s Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music Series, is thrilled to announce the upcoming tour of David Lang’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “the little match girl passion” originally created at Pérez Art Museum Miami from May 31-June 2, 2016. 

American artist and opera director R. B. Schlather stages a 5-hour, one-day-only performance installation of Oscar-nominated American composer David Lang’s the little match girl passion hosted at Chelsea gallerist Jack Shainman’s Kinderhook location.

Called in the New Yorker “One of the most original and moving scores of recent years,” American composer David Lang’s celebrated, haunting 2008 Pulitzer-Prize winning the little match girl passion, based on the classic Danish parable by Hans Christian Anderson, becomes the material for Hudson, NY resident R. B. Schlather’s gallery performance. Originally commissioned by Miami-based Art Song and Chamber Music Series IlluminArts and performed over a week at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2016), Schlather brings his innovative, accessible approach to staging classical music to this horrifying and beautiful musical composition. Reformatting the relationship to performers and the duration of a traditional classical music concert, over 5-hours the staging rehearsal will be performed by Schlather, music director Amanda Crider, four singers and one percussionist as an activation of The School free and open to the public during gallery hours. The visibility of process is Schlather’s primary concern, creating a unique opportunity for spectators to engage with classical music as living sculpture, in dialogue with larger themes about performance, intimacy, and access.

Featuring soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, countertenor Brennan Hall, tenor Karim Sulayman, bass Zachary James, percussionist Michael Zell, and costumes by Schlather’s regular collaborator Terese Wadden, this performance will be presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2016. This performance is free and open to the public noon to 5 PM. The performers will take 15-minute breaks every 90 minutes, culminating in a final showing around 4:15 PM.

Rave Reviews for Match Girl at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Posted on July 1, 2016 by IlluminArts

We are thrilled that our recent collaboration with the Pérez Art Museum Miami has garnered wonderful critical acclaim for our first installation of “the little match girl passion”:

Miami Herald:  An Emotional Opera Experiment at PAMM

Miami Herald:  Interactive “Carmen” at YoungArts, “Match Girl” at PAMM draw new audience

Knight Foundation Blog: IlluminArts Transforms and Transfixes at PAMM

A video of the performance can still be seen online here:



IlluminArts, Miami’s Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music series, is thrilled to present performances of David Lang’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “the little match girl passion”in an innovative, staged installation inspired by the work of Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo and directed by R. B. Schlather at museums around the country. The staging will be created as a live performance event over one week at the Perez Art Museum Miami from May 27 – 31, 2016, with rehearsals open to museum visitors, and streamed live online, creating a spontaneous interplay of process and audience, and culminating in a free public presentation June 2, 2016 at 7:00PM.  This collaboration promises to explode perceptions of how classical music can be consumed in the 21st century, and brings a world-class musical event to audiences in South Florida and beyond.  Following the initial presentation, IlluminArts will take this installation on tour.  Each additional venue will present a one day installation of rehearsals concluding in an evening performance.

Renowned director R. B. Schlather will stage the performance. The New York Times has described Schlather as “having a gift at drawing out vivid performances,” and Opera News declared, “Schlather created an intense, accessible, immersive experience that illuminated the emotional heart of [the] work….the entire theatrical experience, taken as a whole, was revelatory.”

Composer, David Lang earned the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “the little match girl passion.” This ground-breaking piece is scored for four solo voices and percussion, and tells Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a poor young girl struggling with abuse and poverty, but retaining faith, hope, and ultimately redemption. The story is suffused with opposites; a beautiful past with a bitter present, the struggles of poverty and the redemption of hope.

Doris Salcedo’s sculptures address the problems of social injustice, suffering and trauma that is part of Colombian history. The resulting pieces engage with multiple dualities at once—strength and fragility, the ephemeral and the enduring—and bear elements of healing and reparation in the careful, laborious process of their making.

The mission of IlluminArts is to present programs of music in spaces where visual art is displayed, and to draw inspiration from the visual art in the space.  Created as a performance series in Miami, FL, this will be the first touring project undertaken by IlluminArts.  IlluminArts was a 2015 winner of the Knight Arts Challenge from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation receiving a $20,000 matching grant to help fund the performance at the Perez Art Museum Miami, in addition to a grant from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.

Venues for the installation performances include:

May 27 – June 2, 2016: Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL

August 20, 2016: The School: Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY

Future performances TBD!

Our performers are:

Anne Carolyn Bird, Soprano

Brennan Hall, Countertenor

Karim Sulayman, Tenor

Zachary James, Bass

Michael Weinfield-Zell, Percussionist

R. B. Schlather, Director

Terese Wadden, Costume Designer


Project Media

Opera: Alcina Mini Documentary
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“This is a valuable project that deserves enthusiastic support.” – New York Times, September 2014.

Mini Documentary of R. B. Schlather’s 2014 performance installation of Handel’s opera “Alcina” at the Whitebox Art Center in New York City.

IlluminArts: A Musical Journey Inspired by the Monumental Works of El Anatsui
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Features: IlluminArts

Excerpts from the September 12, 2014 IlluminArts concert:

A Musical Journey Inspired by the Monumental Works of El Anatsui.
Bass Museum of Art,
Miami Beach, FL.

Featuring works by:
Paul Smadbeck,
Oliver Knussen,
Gene Koshinski,
Ksenia Prasalova,
Maurice Ravel,
Jenny Olivia Johnson.

Performed by:
Rosanna Butterfield, Cello,
Amanda Crider, Mezzo Soprano,
Anna Fateeva, Piano,
Susan Hellman, Soprano,
Jenny Olivia Johnson, Electronics,
Elissa Lakofsky, Flute,
JoAnna Ursal, Dancer,
Michael Zell, Percussion

“the little match girl passion”
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Excerpt from David Lang’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “the little match girl passion” performed by Theatre of Voices with Paul Hillier Director.

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The IlluminArts mission is to promote public appreciate of Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music  by presenting performances in museums, galleries, or other spaces where art is displayed. Working together with curators and art collectors, we create programs of music that are inspired by visual artist’s or art collector’s vision, inspiration, work and process, so…

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