The Crossing Choir

This Sunday, September 27 from 4 to 6 pm, join us for the third and final concert in The Crossing chamber choir's Seventh Annual Month of Moderns (MoM) Festival, recorded live on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
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Donald Nally conducts The Crossing in the first of three concerts, comprising their Seventh Annual Month of Moderns Festival. This performance, "Only memory of forgetting," features the premiere of Joel Puckett's I enter the earth, which sets the words of a !Kung shaman describing the dance trance of a healing ritual. The choir is joined by Laura Ward on piano and Michael Jones on trumpet.

WRTI's Mark Pinto, host of the Classical New Releases show, fills you in on the latest and the greatest classical music CDs every Saturday at 5 pm. Here are five newly released recordings he recommends:

Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital. Though celebrated for the breadth of his repertoire, epic interpretations, and boundless imagination, Russian-born pianist Grigory Sokolov has become something of a living legend and a well-kept secret in America. 

Join us on Sunday, November 23rd at 3 pm for a concert broadcast by The Crossing chamber choir, led by Music Director Donald Nally, and recorded in October at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square.

Join us Sunday, October 5th at 3:30 pm for The Crossing chamber choir's third and final concert in their Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

The Crossing is joined by the PRISM (Saxophone) Quartet in a world premiere by composer Gavin Bryars. Donald Nally conducts.

Jeffrey Dinsmore, co-founder and integral member of the Philadelphia choral ensemble The Crossing, died suddenly on April 14th in Los Angeles at age 42. The Crossing's conductor Donald Nally sent out this email message (below) about Jeff's passing. This is such a sad loss for Jeff's family and loved ones, and for everyone in Philadelphia's choral community.

The Crossing Choir regularly finds itself on cutting edges that many people don't know exist. But the latest gift to Donald Nally's modern music choir is a 36-year-old Latvian composer, named...Santa.

This Sunday on WRTI, The Crossing Choir performs the American premiere of a major work from the composer John Luther Adams. Canticles of the Holy Wind is a multi-movement, concert-length work of breadth and depth.

Donald Nally conducts the first in a three-concert series recorded live in June. The Gulf (between you and me), a major project that has taken years of planning, brings together composers, a poet, an artist, and a variety of musicians from Japan and America to join The Crossing in exploring a particular theme: how we seem to hear what the earth is saying to us with the same, sad inability with which we often listen to those we most love. 

Tune in on Sunday, July 14 at 4 pm to hear the first concert in the series, recorded June 15th at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

And did you catch The Crossing's performance with The Rolling Stones on June 23rd?

July 14 Program:
Gene Coleman: Water of the Last Moment (world premiere)
Santa Ratniece: Chu Dal (Silent Water, 2008)
Tamar Diesendruck: Other Floods (2010)

With special guests Toshimaru Nakamura & Ko Ishikawa

Philadelphia composer Gene Coleman’s musical language is at times experimental, at other times minimal, often drawing on Japanese influences, improvisation, extended techniques, and Gene’s interest in architecture and structure to create a rich and unique sound world.

Composer Santa Ratniece has recently become one of the most important female composers in Latvia, creating some of the richest landscapes in choral music. Her works describe the deepest lakes, the bluest skies, the quietest plains in a kaleidoscope of sounds that both connects us to the subject and magnifies our distance from it.

Composer Tamar Diesendruck offers a transparent view of deconstructionism. Her setting of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s brief words moves from a fragmented landscape to a lush harmonic fullness as the words themselves fall together to reveal, ”I am illumined by immensity."

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The Crossing Choir regularly finds itself on cutting edges that many people don't know exist. But the latest gift to Donald Nally's modern music choir is a 36-year-old Latvian composer, named...Santa.