The Crossing Choir

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When music’s biggest night blasted off Sunday afternoon in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, home— for some contenders—was just a short train ride away. Here are the Philadelphians who won Grammys, and the Philadelphia-based talents who helped the winners along.

The Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and Philadelphia artists cleaned up! Here’s a rundown of this year’s best recordings in classical music, jazz, and more. 

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.

Last month, the Philadelphia new music choir The Crossing launched a two-night event, Seven Responses, featuring seven new works by major composers. What goes into such a project? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that for one piece, it’s automobile parts.

Join us this Sunday, July 10th from 4 to 6 pm to hear The Crossing recorded live in concert on June 24, 2016 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Philadelphia’s professional choir dedicated to new music, The Crossing presents its most ambitious project ever with Seven Responses.

On Easter Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, join us to hear The Crossing in Concert, recorded live on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Conductor Donald Nally is your host.

Philadelphia's professional choir dedicated to new music, The Crossing enters its second decade with "The Crossing@10: Respond/Reprise/Renew." This concert, "Reprise 2," features works about our love for one another, love for our planet, and our wish for a more loving culture.

***Due to technical difficulties, this concert was not broadcast this past Sunday on WRTI as originally scheduled. It has been re-scheduled for Sunday, March 6th, from 3 to 5 pm. We extend our sincerest apologies to The Crossing and all of our listeners who were looking forward to the broadcast.

On Sunday, March 6th from 3 to 5 pm, join us to hear The Crossing in Concert, recorded live on October 18th, 2015 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Conductor Donald Nally is the host.

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