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The Crossing at 15 on WRTI 90.1: Milestone Performances of Works by John Luther Adams

Kevin Vondrak
The Crossing

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).

“John allows us to interrupt our otherwise endlessly forward-tumbling lives,” notes Donald Nally, The Crossing’s conductor, “and experience these sounds as if we were sitting in the woods for an hour—an hour of wind and of sky and of birds.

We are drawn to this music, not just for the beauty of its shimmering harmonies and the overwhelming climactic moments, but also for the way it inspires a ‘hearing’ of nature, in real time, as we sing it.”

This week's show, hosted by Donald Nally, will feature The Crossing in both live and studio recordings, and include additional works by Ted Hearne, Edie Hill, and Philadelphia composer David Shapiro. Listen at 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI App.

Adams: Canticles of the Holy Wind (2013, co-commissioned by The Crossing and the Latvian choir Kam?r)

Sky with Four Moons; The White Wind; Dream of the Hermit Thrush; Sky with Four Suns; The Singing Tree; The Blue Wind; The Hour of the Doves; Sky with Nameless Colors; Cadenza of the Mockingbird; The Yellow Wind; Dream of the Canyon Wren; Sky with Endless Stars; The Hour of the Owls; The Dark Wind

Hill: Poem for 2084 (1996)
Shapiro: Sumptuous Planet from Jeff Quartets (2016, commissioned by The Crossing)
Hearne: "Simple Surgery" from Sound From the Bench (2014/2017, commissioned by The Crossing)

The Crossing vocalists: Katy Avery, Nathaniel Barnett, Jessica Beebe, Kelly Ann Bixby, Elijah Blaisdell, Karen Blanchard, Steven Bradshaw, Colin Dill, Micah Dingler, Robert Eisentrout, Allie Faulkner, Ryan Fleming, Joanna Gates, Dimitri German, Steven Hyder, Michael Jones, Lauren Kelly, Anika Kildegaard, Heidi Kurtz, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers, Kira Neary, Daniel O'Dea, Rebecca Oehlers, James Reese, Kyle Sackett, Daniel Schwartz, Rebecca Siler, Julie Snyder, Tiana Sorenson, Daniel Spratlan, Elisa Sutherland, Daniel Taylor, Jason Weisinger, Shari Alise Wilson