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WRTI's weekly feature—Friday Choral Connection—spotlights the heavenly voices of three of Philadelphia’s most esteemed choirs. Tune in every Friday at 1:30 PM to hear choral music at its best. You'll hear performances by Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Crossing, and Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, all recorded live in concert from their recent seasons.

Here's a surprising statistic: According to a survey by Chorus America, one in six Americans, or 54 million people, sing in choral groups, whether that's community, school and children's choirs, religious groups or professional ensembles. But since stay-at-home orders have been issued across many states, choral music here and around the world has completely stopped.

Join us on Friday, December 20th at 12:35 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear the Grammy-winning new music choir, The Crossing, sing highlights from their upcoming concert, The Crossing @ Christmas. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

Let’s share something extraordinary together! We’re gathering at the Kimmel Center on Monday, December 16th at 6 PM to sing a beloved carol, side-by-side with our fellow Philadelphians.

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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, and on the WRTI App.

Congratulations to composer Kile Smith and The Crossing! The Philadelphia-based choir's 2019 recording of Kile's The Arc in the Sky is up for a 2020 GRAMMY award for Best Choral Performance. Kile and Donald Nally, conductor of The Crossing, visited WRTI soon after the album's release in July of 2019 to share insights about this artistic collaboration.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Listen to Nashirah, the Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia, preview their upcoming concert, "LOVE In Every Language," live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.