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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: Jeff Quartets, 15 Works for 4 Voices, August 28th at 4 PM

Jeffrey Dinsmore

Join us this Sunday, August 28th from 4 to 6 pm to hear The Crossing perform Jeff Quartets: a concert-length set of 15 new works for four voices. Recorded in a session on the eve of their world-premiere concert performance, these poignant new works were commissioned to honor the legacy of The Crossing’s co-founder, Jeffrey Dinsmore, who died tragically at the age of 42 in April, 2014.

Unlike many of the works that The Crossing sings, with divisi ranging from eight to 24 voices, the quartets are for four parts only; a simple tribute to a musical form that Jeff loved. Donald Nally conducts.

The program notes featuring all of the texts can be found here.

You are Most Welcome: Kile Smith
First Pink:  Paul Fowler
Ahania Weeping: Louis Andriessen
For Orpheus: William Brooks
A Jeff Quartet for 4 Voices: Bo Holten
Thousand Waves: Santa Ratniece
Translation - ?riks Ešenvalds
make peace: David Lang
Sumptuous Planet: David Shapiro
Dear World: Lansing D. McLoskey
Empireof Crystal: Benjamin C.S. Boyle
The Beautiful Land of Nod: Robert Convery
Gentle Soul, Find Peace: Lewis Spratlan
Yes, I am your Angel: Gabriel Jackson
What It Might Say: Ted Hearne