The Crossing

Occasional Sundays, 4 to 6 pm
  • Hosted by Donald Nally

The Crossing is a professional chamber choir dedicated to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commissions, collaborations, community, and performances that are characterized by a distinctive unity of sound and spirit. Directed by Donald Nally, The Crossing is based in Philadelphia.

Coming up: Sunday, January 28th, 5 to 6 pm

The Crossing, performing with the strings of the International Contemporary Ensemble
National Anthems
Hosted by Donald Nally

Ted Hearne: Consent
For 16 solo voices, this work explores the way in which we use language referring to women and the way that language may encourage ownership and abuse.

David Lang: the national anthems
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands

Caroline’s To the Hands, from her 2016 Seven Responses study on displacement and immigration, is balanced with David’s meditation on the nature of national anthems: “I had the idea that if I looked carefully at every national anthem I might be able to identify something that everyone in the world could agree on….Hiding in every national anthem is the recognition that we are insecure about our freedoms, that freedom is fragile, and delicate, and easy to lose."

Ted Hearne: What It Might Say
Written by Ted for the Crossing to commemorate the April 2014 passing of Jeff Dinsmore, co-founder of The Crossing. It offers a look at what a baby might say to its mother, relating it’s perspective of their relationship. And in doing so, it describes how we grapple with the loss of that loved one.

 

Philadelphians have a lot of cheering to do these days, and not just about the Eagles—although we do love to do that! Nine artists from the area are nominated for 2018 Grammy Awards, or are named in connection with them. Here’s a rundown to get you ready for the ceremony.  Most of the awards will be given out during a live stream broadcast Sunday afternoon between 3 pm and 6 pm.  The rest are reserved for the CBS telecast at 7:30 pm.

Join us on Sunday at 4 pm for The Crossing chamber choir's first concert in their annual Month of Moderns choral festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia on June 11th, 2017, and conducted by Donald Nally.

The Crossing looks at the role of the mother, at the Nativity, and far beyond. Donald Nally leads one of the world’s premiere contemporary choirs through music that asks questions, from David Lang’s hauntingly beautiful where you go (after the Book of Ruth, 2015), to Toivo Tulev’s soaring And then in silence there with Me be only You (2002). The concert includes a world premiere by Aaron Helgeson based on Kazim Ali’s translation of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour.

Join us this Sunday, August 28th from 4 to 6 pm to hear The Crossing perform Jeff Quartets: a concert-length set of 15 new works for four voices. Recorded in a session on the eve of their world-premiere concert performance, these poignant new works were commissioned to honor the legacy of The Crossing’s co-founder, Jeffrey Dinsmore, who died tragically at the age of 42 in April, 2014.

Seven of the world’s foremost choral composers have composed 15-minute musical responses to Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, a monumental sacred work of the German Baroque consisting of seven cantatas. The Crossing performs the new works alongside Buxtehude’s 1680 composition, with two leading ensembles in their respective fields of performance: Quicksilver Baroque and ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble.