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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.

Kile Smith's The Consolation of Apollo: The Crossing Choir on WRTI, Nov. 23 at 3 PM

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Composer Kile Smith

Join us on Sunday, November 23rd at 3 pm for a concert broadcast by The Crossing chamber choir, led by Music Director Donald Nally, and recorded in October at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square.

The program opens with the world premiere of a new work by composer Kile Smith. The Consolation of Apollo pairs two unlikely texts: the transcript of the historic Christmas Eve 1968 broadcast of Apollo 8 astronauts reading Genesis as they photograph the Earth rising over the surface of the Moon, and Boethius’ sixth-century musings on man, myth, and our place in the universe.

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The Crossing

Smith considers in music what we are and what we can be—how the earthbound free their imagination in flight. As a special treat, you'll also hear an archival recording of Smith's The Waking Sun, performed by The Crossing and Tempesta di Mare in 2011.

David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, has become a signature work of The Crossing – immediate, stark, beautiful, it contemplates the value of recognizing the suffering of others.

Read the complete text and program notes for each piece here.

The Consolation of Apollo and The Little Match Girl will be performed again by The Crossing on January 3rd in Chestnut Hill and on January 4th in Wilmington.