As we approach year's end, The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back on the past 12 months in music and finds that Philadelphia has been moving steadily toward the cutting edge.
The city’s year in classical music started with the John Cage Beyond Silence Festival and a new opera titled Wolf in Skins with a stage full of animal/human hybrids. 2013 ends with the U.S. Premiere of a major choral work by Wolfgang Rihm, Germany's greatest but most complicated composer.
A choir that principally performs secular music will, this week, steep itself in a most holy of winter holiday musical traditions. But WRTI's Jim Cotter says he is not expecting to hear a load of old chestnuts in The Crossing's Christmas concert.
The Crossing @ Christmas concert takes place on Friday, December 20th at 8 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Ticket info here.
This Sunday at 4 pm on The Crossing in Concert, we'll hear a performance recorded live at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in early November that explores Italian art through the lens of contemporary music for choir.
The program features works by, among others, Bruno Bettinelli and Yehuda Yannay as well as a madrigal by Stephen Paulus based on texts by Michelangelo. Conductor Donald Nally is host. That's Sunday, December 15, 4 to 5 pm. Join us!
The Crossing, Philadelphia’s foremost contemporary music chorus, begins a newly expanded season this Sunday, September 15th. The choir will now perform throughout the year. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports that though the group is growing its output, its artistic vision will not change.
Philadelphia-area native Donald Nally has had a varied and storied career. In addition to a term as artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Nally has also been chorus master of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Spoleto Festival, Welsh National Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Nally stepped down from Lyric at the end of the 2010-2011 season to fully dedicate himself to what he acknowledges as his greatest passion: The Crossing. The Philadelphia-based chamber choir is dedicated to performing new and contemporary choral music; its popularity with audiences is growing and growing...
The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally and known for their innovation and commitment to new music, premiere's a work by composer Francis Pott commissioned for the opening concert of the National Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
This is the second broadcast in The Crossing's Month of Moderns series, featuring a world-premiere collaboration with Network for New Music. The 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winner Lewis Spratlan composed a concert-length work for The Crossing; Hesperus is Phosphorus loosely takes the form of a kind of secular vespers – a passage, or crossing, through the philosophical and spiritual canyons of our time. Drawing on the words of American poets, playwrights, and physicists, Spratlan’s music explores growth and loss in our ever-expanding world of discovery.
On Sunday, May 27th, from 3 to 5 pm, THE CROSSING choir will be on the air - bringing you the first concert in their 2012 Month of Moderns summer festival.
Donald Nally leads the acclaimed virtuoso choir in Vermillion Vespers, a new work by Haverford College Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo. It's a significant addition to the limited repertoire of concert-length works for choir and organ.
Be sure to join us from 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, January 22nd for a special treat - concert broadcasts of the 24-voice chamber choir The Crossing, led by Donald Nally. This month, you'll hear performances of Kile Smith's Vespers (with Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band), Where Flames a Word, and The Waking Sun (with Tempesta di Mare).
All three of these performances were recorded at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia.
Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.
David Patrick Stearns looks at "The Month of Moderns" - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing at the Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill.
Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary ahead of its annual Bastille Day celebrations.
David Patrick Stearns previews The Month of Moderns - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing.
Susan Lewis explores the Woodmere Art Museum's 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.
We have two reports from the Kensington section of Philadelphia:
Jason Peifer previews this weekend's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, the event highlights the growing arts scene in the Kensington neighborhood.