In today’s Orange County Register online, I review the local premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Little Match Girl Passion.’ Here’s the lead.


The Pacific Chorale’s latest concert, conducted by John Alexander on Sunday afternoon in Segerstrom Concert Hall, was an unusually serious one. Its purpose was none other than to raise awareness of the problem of child abuse, and not just anywhere, but here in Orange County.

April is National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Upon entering the hall, listeners were given blue ribbon lapel pins, a symbol of the cause. Before the concert began, Kelly Ruggirello, the Chorale’s president, announced that 40,000 cases of child abuse were reported in the county in 2008. Representatives from 14 organizations that work here to prevent child abuse were asked to stand and accept the audience’s gratitude.

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photo: stan sholik