The Crossing Choir

Donald Nally's Message to the Community
9:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Passing of The Crossing's Jeffrey Dinsmore

Tenor Jeffrey Dinsmore (1972-2014)

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.

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Creatively Speaking
9:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Santa Brings Gifts To The Crossing Choir

Composer Santa Ratniece

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:54 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

The Crossing In Concert on WRTI: An American Premiere, November 3, 4 PM

The Crossing

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.

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ENCORE!
6:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Crossing Choir On WRTI: The First "Month of Moderns" Concert, July 14, 4 PM

Composer Santa Ratniece speaks with The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.

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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Creatively Speaking
9:08 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Santa Brings Musical Gifts To The Crossing Choir

Composer Santa Ratniece

Composer Santa Ratniece speaks with The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.

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.

WRTI Spotlight
11:50 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Crossing Performs Thomas Lloyd's "Bonhoeffer" on WRTI

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Listen on Sunday, April 14th, 4 to 6 pm, as The Crossing chamber choir sings the broadcast premiere of Thomas Lloyd's concert-length work, Bonhoeffer. The concert was recorded at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral this past March.

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Encore!
2:36 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

The Crossing Choir's Holiday Concert: Dec. 23rd on ENCORE!

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd, 3 to 5 pm, to hear The Crossing Choir's  "@ Christmas" concert, recorded at St. Paul’s Church in Chestnut Hill on Friday, December 21st, 2012. 

Creatively Speaking
3:14 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Ambitious Plans for The Crossing Choir

Donald Nally

Donald Nally, artistic director of The Crossing, talks with Jim Cotter about some ambitious new plans for the internationally renowned, Philadelphia-based chamber choir.

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Creatively Speaking
2:26 pm
Sat October 8, 2011

Composer Gian Carlo Menotti Remembered--Craftsman Wharton Esherick--Plans for The Crossing Choir

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the late Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

Susan Lewis considers 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker, Wharton Esherick.

Donald Nally, artistic director of The Crossing, talks with Jim Cotter about some ambitious new plans for the internationally renowned Philadelphia-based chamber choir.

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