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The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. The ensemble frequently commissions works, and has presented over 40 world premieres. Upcoming projects include commissions with Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, David T. Little, Joel Puckett, Santa Ratniece, Caroline Shaw, Kile Smith, Lewis Spratlan, Hans Thomalla, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Toivo Tulev. The ensemble recently released two recordings on the Innova label: Christmas Daybreak– with world premiere recordings of James MacMillan and Gabriel Jackson—and I want to live – with the complete choral works for women by David Lang.Listen to broadcasts of The Crossing on WRTI on selected Sundays throughout the year.

The Crossing on WRTI: The Third 'Month of Moderns' Concert, Oct. 5, 3:30 PM

PRISM Quartet

Join us Sunday, October 5th at 3:30 pm for The Crossing chamber choir's third and final concert in their Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

The Crossing is joined by the PRISM (Saxophone) Quartet in a world premiere by composer Gavin Bryars. Donald Nally conducts.

Known for evocative texts in sparse, pensive settings, Bryars' music has been described as “both uplifting and emotionally draining in equal measure." - (The Guardian). Rounding out the program are two contrasting works: the exuberant Hymns from the Western Coast (2009) of Estonian Tõnu Kõrvits, and the fascinatingly beautiful micro-tonal fantasia on Monteverdi motets by Greek composer Statis Minakakis, Monteverdi Responsories (2008).


Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (world premiere), with PRISM Quartet?

Stratis Minakakis: Monteverdi Responsories (2008)

?Tõnu Kõrvits: Hymns from the Western Coast (2009)