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The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor
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music by David Lang
words from a 1918 U.S. government document,
with the names of Philadelphians who fell victim to the influenza of 1918
"To The West" - from Montaña
by Michael Gordon
On January 24–26 Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic premiered Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Julia Wolfe’s "Fire in my mouth," part of "New York Stories: Threads of Our City." Here is a glimpse of the theatrical and multimedia elements of "Fire in my mouth," with visual and scenic design by Jeff Sugg, costume design by Márion Talán, sound design by Mark Grey, and directed by Anne Kauffman.
Conducted by Bienen School director of choral organizations Donald Nally, the Grammy Award-winning professional chamber choir makes its Chicago debut on March 16th, 2018 with a recent commission from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon.
Michael Gordon
A concert length work for 24 voices
Commissioned by The Crossing
Premiered in Philadelphia on July 1, 2017
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Benjamin C.S. Boyle's Jeff Quartet, Empire of Crystal, premiered in July 2016.
'Seven Responses' is The Crossing's largest project to date. Seven composers, composing responses to the seven cantatas of Buxtehude's 'Membra jesu nostri.' Here's a glimpse at how The Crossing did it.
Chorus America's 2015 Margaret Hillis Award goes to The Crossing, led by conductor Donald Nally.
"Sila: The Breath of the World" - John Luther Adams (b. 1953; USA)
The Gulf (between you and me), a major project that has taken years of planning, brought together composers, a poet, an artist, and a variety of musicians from Japan and America to join The Crossing in exploring a particular theme: how we seem to hear what the earth is saying to us with the same sad inability with which we often listen to those we most love.
Listen to composers commissioned for The Crossing's 2011 Month of Moderns project "Seneca Sounds" discuss their work and their experience with The Crossing.

Gabriel Jackson's According to Seneca
Kile Smith's The Waking Sun
Ēriks Ešenvalds' Seneca's Zodiac
Mark Winges' The Assembling Landscape
"Rigwreck" - Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962, UK)

The Crossing gives the world premiere of Gabriel Jackson's "Rigwreck" on the third concert of our fifth annual Month of Moderns Festival at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on June 30th, 2013.
Composer David Lang speaks with Donald Nally about the poetry of Philip Levine and his thoughts regarding the setting of poetry to music.