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.
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!
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.
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...
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’sbrief words moves from a fragmented landscape to a lush harmonic fullness as the words themselves fall together to reveal, ”I am illumined by immensity."
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.
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.