July 1, 2018
The Crossing Premieres New Work By Kile Smith

On Saturday, June 30 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, The Crossing gave the world premier of new work The Arc in the Sky by Philadelphia-based composer Kile Smith. The performance took place as part of The Crossing's Month of Moderns Festival.

Philadelphia Inquirer's Peter Dobrin writes about the world premiere: 

"Not any choir ... could tackle this material. It asks for a kind of security in close pitches and far reaches of the vocal range not to be entered into lightly. Smith’s textures suggest that he hears his musical world with all of the complexity and layering of orchestral music. And in this and other ways, the Crossing, which commissioned this work along with its conductor, Donald Nally, proved ideal. In the resonant clarity of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, and already having recorded the work, the Crossing’s premiere was poised and polished."

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