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The 2013/2014 Season:
The Crossing’s Most Extensive Season To Date

The Crossing 2013-2014 season includes performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, and with the L.A. Philharmonic; commissions by John Luther Adams, Ted Hearne, and Gavin Bryars; and an inaugural Composers Competition.

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The Crossing presents its 2013-2014 Season, entitled Astralis, after the Wolfgang Rihm piece to be performed during its December concerts. Leaping off from the critically-acclaimed The Gulf (between you and me) project presented during the Fifth Annual Month of Moderns concerts in June of 2013, The Crossing continues to explore themes of ecological and social relevance, while presenting the most creative and artistic choral music being composed today.

With many thanks to the Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge Grant, the Crossing presents its second concert at the Crane Arts Icebox. A major work from John Luther Adams, the composer The New Yorker calls "one of the most original thinkers of the new century," Canticles of the Holy Wind is a multi-movement, concert-length work of breadth and depth.  Co-commissioned by The Crossing and the Latvian choir Kamer, the work was acoustically designed for a space like Crane's Icebox, “an ideal tabula rasa for such ambitious collaborations” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

9/15/2013 - Information / Tickets

"Refined and considered....with a passionate spirituality" – that’s how the Philadelphia Inquirer describes the musical world of Bruno Bettinelli whose music The Crossing will present in November. Youthful and romantic, yet written in the composer’s eighties, these madrigals navigate all emotions and speak to all listeners.  To balance, we introduce Salvatore Sciarrino’s music, which combines the expressionistic influence of Berio with modern minimalism. And to conclude, the insightful words of revered Italian poets Michelangelo and Leopardi are heard in settings by Stephen Paulus and Yehuda Yannay respectively.

11/9/2013 - Information / Tickets

The Crossing @ Christmas has played to sold-out audiences since its revival in 2011. A unique perspective in the plethora of holiday concerts, the carefully-chosen, contemplative works of spirituality ponder our relationship with our deities, in a candle-lit calm of warmth and gratitude perfectly matched with the magic of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill’s stone and wood.  We introduce Wolfgang Rihm with his vast, meditative Astralis – based on Novalis’ poem of hope and sorrow.  Works of Gabriel Jackson, Toivo Tulev, Eriks Esenvalds, and other favorites of The Crossing will round out this Holiday Concert Event.

12/20/2013 - Information / Tickets

The Crossing will begin a series of three touring concerts as it returns to the Metropolitan Museum, after the New York Times’ suggestion that our concert become “a holiday tradition,” reprising Lang’s Pulitzer-winning work along with Rihm’s expansive, thoughtful Astralis. Another appearance in New York will follow as The Crossing makes its Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. A new work from Amy Kirsten will lead off this program featuring a work commissioned by The Crossing from Pulitzer laureate David Lang.  His Statement to the Court sets Eugene Debs’ iconic, socialist speech on being convicted of sedition.  Another work of social relevance, Ted Hearne’s Ripple, based on a single, tragic sentence from the Iraq War Logs.  And, The Crossing will add a new coast to its touring, appearing at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as members of The Crossing make a Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with Louis Andriessen’s masterpiece, De Materie (Matter), the single work on this exhilarating program for eight amplified voices and orchestra. “One of the most significant scores produced by a European composer in the last twenty years” (The Guardian), De Materie is eclectic in every sense; topics range from shipbuilding to atomic theory to mysticism; musical styles include boogie-woogie, medieval forms, and the famed opening of 144 full-orchestra hammer strokes.

The Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival opens with a commission by Ted Hearne. Pew Fellow and Philadelphian Jena Osman has constructed a text based on the Citizens United Supreme Court case, addressing the infamous decision establishing “corporate personhood.”  Ted Hearne is bringing his personal, unique, and emotion-packed musical language to the topic in what is bound to be a dramatic journey; his music is strong and provocative and lingers with us long after the notes have left the air.   

6/15/2014 - Information / Tickets

For MoM II The Crossing takes a new direction as we perform works by the winners of The Crossing/Knight Foundation Composition Contest, designed specifically for the Icebox and its marvelous secular-cathedral acoustic.  The concert is sure to unveil brilliant discoveries from our composers and singers alike.

6/28/2014 - Information / Tickets

MoM III concludes the fourth and final installment of our Knight Arts Challenge project at Crane Arts Icebox. The Crossing has waited a long time and with much anticipation for this meeting of minds – our internationally-recognized friends at PRISM will join us in a work created for this collaboration by one of the world’s most familiar composing names, Gavin Bryars.  Known for evocative texts in sparse, pensive settings, Bryars' music has been described as “both uplifting and emotionally draining in equal measure” (The Guardian).

7/12/2013 - Information / Tickets


The Crossing
Donald Nally, Conductor
2013-2014 Season – ASTRALIS

Canticles of the Holy Wind
John Luther Adams
American premiere
Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 4pm
Icebox at Crane Arts

suoni provocamenti: Italian Voices
Bruno Bettinelli & Salvatore Sciarrino
Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ 8pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Crossing @ Christmas
Astralis of Wolfgang Rihm
works of Toivo Tulev and Gabriel Jackson
with David Manley, guitar and Thomas Mesa, cello
Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 8pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Chestnut Hill

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Astralis of Wolfgang Rihm
David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion
with Thomas Mesa, cello
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 6pm

Carnegie Hall Debut
with the American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan and Donald Nally, conductors
David Lang, Statement to the Court
Ted Hearne, Ripple
Amy Kirsten, Strange Pilgrims
Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 8pm
Zankel Hall @ Carnegie Hall
 
Los Angeles Philharmonic debut
with members of The Crossing
Louis Andriessen, De Materie
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 8pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

6th Annual Month of Moderns Festival

MoM I: Ted Hearne world premiere
A new work on a text by Jena Osman
Sunday, June 15, 2014 @ 4pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

MoM II: Crossing/Knight Foundation Composers Composition
three new works designed for the Icebox at Crane Arts
Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 7pm
Icebox at Crane Arts

MoM III: Gavin Bryars world premiere
with PRISM Saxophone Quartet
Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 7pm
Icebox at Crane Arts


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