The Crossing

Occasional Sundays, 4 to 6 pm
  • Hosted by Donald Nally

The Crossing is a professional chamber choir dedicated to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commissions, collaborations, and performances that are characterized by a distinctive unity of sound and spirit. Directed by Donald Nally, The Crossing is based in Philadelphia.

Coming up: 

Sunday, October 18th at 4 PM

James Primosch: CARTHAGE
Album retrospective
Journey (2019)
Carthage (2018)

Mass For The Day Of St. Thomas Didymus (2014)
I. Kyrie
II. Gloria
III. Credo  
IV.Sanctus  
V. Agnus Dei  

Spiralling Ecstatically (1998)
Two Arms Of The Harbor (2011)
One With The Darkness, One With The Light (2006)

Donald Nally leads the choir through six striking pieces by composer James Primosch that confront the most elemental questions of Western philosophy.

CARTHAGE is a cohesive artwork that considers the most fundamental questions of human existence with the reverent wonder of monastic mysticism. While the music does not attempt to answer these unanswerable questions, it offers a sense of fellowship with the thinkers who pondered them long before, as well as with the singers whose voices fill this album.
 

Sunday, October 11th at 4 PM

Lansing D. McLoskey, ZEALOT CANTICLES, on writings of Wole Soyinka (live performance March 2017 - Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill)
 
Also on the program is Lansing McLoskey’s The Memory of Rain, Dear World (from the Jeff Quartets) and David Shapiro’s Sumptuous Planet.

Check out this interview from 2019, when Donald Nally spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis about Zealot Canticles, which went on to win a Grammy award.

In their 2018 CD, The Crossing sings Lansing McLoskey's oratorio, Zealot Canticles: A Musical Plea for Tolerance. WRTI's Susan Lewis talks with The Crossing's conductor Donald Nally about the poetry, choral writing, and social issues that converge in this work, that won The Crossing a 2019 Grammy award for Best Choral Performance. Listen to The Crossing perform Zealot Canticles, and more, on WRTI, Sunday, October 11th at 4 PM.

Becky Oehlers Photography

Join us on Sunday, December 1st at 4 PM to hear The Crossing, Philadelphia’s two-time Grammy-winning  professional choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. This week's show features works by Gavin Bryars in both live and studio recordings. Listen at 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI App.

Kevin Vondrak

The Crossing, Philadelphia’s Grammy-winning professional choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music, celebrates its 15th anniversary this season, and its 7th year broadcasting on WRTI 90.1. Join us on Sunday, October 27th, from 4 to 6 PM, to hear a special program featuring John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Holy Wind, a “...hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong” (The New York Times).

Becky Oehlers Photography

The Crossing, Philadelphia’s Grammy-winning professional choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music, celebrates its 15th anniversary this season, and its 7th year broadcasting on WRTI 90.1. Join us on Sunday, October 20th at approximately 4:05 PM to hear a special program highlighting the choir's collaborations with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Becky Oehlers Photography

Join us on Sunday, October 13th from 4 to 6 pm to hear The Crossing, Philadelphia’s professional, Grammy-winning choir dedicated to new music, performing works recorded live in 2016 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

Rider University

Join us on Saturday, June 15th from 4 to 6 PM to hear the GRAMMY-winning choir, The Crossing, sing "For Joe," a recollection honoring the life of Joseph Flummerfelt, the distinguished American choral conductor who passed away on March 1st at age 82.

Du Ping Lo

The Crossing recently won a second Grammy award! This time, it was the 2019 Grammy award for Best Choral Performance for Zealot Canticles. Listen to their stunning October 2018 concert, recorded live at the Presybyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, on WRTI 90.1.

Kevin Vondriak

Hailed as "ardently angelic" by The Los Angeles Times, and "champions of new music" by The New York Times, the 2018 Grammy-winning choir The Crossing is at the forefront of the choral community.

Philadelphians have a lot of cheering to do these days, and not just about the Eagles—although we do love to do that! Nine artists from the area are nominated for 2018 Grammy Awards, or are named in connection with them. Here’s a rundown to get you ready for the ceremony.  Most of the awards will be given out during a live stream broadcast Sunday afternoon between 3 pm and 6 pm.  The rest are reserved for the CBS telecast at 7:30 pm.

Becky Oehlers Photography

Join us on Sunday at 4 pm for The Crossing chamber choir's first concert in their annual Month of Moderns choral festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia on June 11th, 2017, and conducted by Donald Nally.

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