About This Program

David Lang, one of America’s preeminent living composers and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music, brings his contemplative work darker to Saint Paul for its Midwest premiere. Scored for 12 strings, darker is more of an object than a piece of music, weaving together intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric. “My piece, like life, expends a lot of effort to go a very short distance,” says Lang. “From beautiful to a little less beautiful, from a little light to something a little darker.” The score to darker invites performers to add a live visual or lighting design to their performance, choosing from elements created by New York based visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.

Kids and students attend free! As part of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's New Generation initiative we will be offering free student and free kids tickets to Liquid Music's Midwest premiere of David Lang: darker. Reservations required. Students must present a valid student ID to pick up their tickets.

Featured Artists

David Lang / Suzanne Bocanegra / Mischa Santora / Musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Liquid Music

This event is part of the SPCO's boundary-defying Liquid Music concert series.
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Walker Art Center

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