Updated: September 24, 2013 1:38PM
‘The Little Match Girl Passion’
New York composer David Lang is known for taking the old and making it new. One of his most successful such transformative works has been “The Little Match Girl Passion,” which premiered in 2007 and won the Pulitzer Prize for music. The 35-minute work for four voices merges the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen with elements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.” “There is no Bach in my piece,” Lang has written, “and there is no Jesus – rather the suffering of the Little Match Girl has been substituted for Jesus, elevating (I hope) her sorrow to a higher plane.” The Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, presents Lang’s work at 8 p.m. Monday in the Martin Theatre. Reserved seats $35; lawn $10. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org.
Want to get to know Chicago’s jazz landscape? There’s no better introduction than the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s annual self-guided club tour, which takes participants to some of the city’s biggest and best-known venues and smaller, off-beat spots. Participating clubs range from the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth, to the Red Peppers Masquerade Lounge, 428E. 87th St. The tour runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday. Tickets, available at any of the tour stops (advance sales are closed), are $35, including trolley transportation. (312) 427-1676 or jazzinchicago.org.
TV’s Golden Age
Decades before “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” there was a simpler, more innocent time on television, when programs like “Howdy Doody,” “Gunsmoke” and “The Honeymooners” ruled the airwaves. Humorist Larry Bergnach explores this golden age during a free program of stories, songs and audience participation at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearing Public Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place. (312) 747-4300 or chipublib.org.
Russia has experienced some major upheavals in recent decades, but it still knows how to produce high-caliber pianists. Among the country’s latest young keyboard talents is Vassily Primakov, a Chopin devotee who made his solo recital debut in New York’s Zankel Hall in April. The up-and-comer will perform at 12:15 Wednesday in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series. Admission is free. (312) 744-3316 or cityofchicago.org/dcase.