Carnegie, L.A. Philharmonic &
John Story Jenks School!
We are deep into rehearsals for the Los Angeles premiere of The Crossing - April 18, with the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall, part of their "Minimalist Jukebox" festival - a week of the finest minimal works of the last forty years, featuring Philip Glass, John Adams, David Lang, and many others. We'll spend a week with the Philharmonic rehearsing and refining this 2-hour masterwork from one of the Netherland's great composers, Louis Andriessen.
We have grown particularly fond of Andriessen's De Materie (Matter) over the three months we've been reviewing it. Astonishingly inventive and seemingly boundless in energy, it is among the most rhythmically complex and engaging works any of us have sung. The first movement addresses the human world of enlightenment, divisibility and indivisibility, with texts drawn from curiously diverse but related sources - how to build a ship in the 17th century, the 1581 Dutch proclamation of independence from the King of Spain, 17th-century atomic theory of David Gorlaeus. The next movement addresses the spiritual world, relating a vision of religious fervor and otherworldliness from Hadewijch. The third movement is in-your-face jazz and boogy woogy, addressing the physical world and art - the perfection of a line, the limitless open relation of an angle, the musing lost-in-thought world of Mondrian. And, finally the last movement stunningly captures love and death in a landscape of Wagnerian proportions that draws on the diary of Madame Curie. It is this kind of art that really makes us think about life and our work, and to be grateful for both.
See you in L.A.
RAVES FOR OUR CARNEGIE DEBUT
A great day of rehearsing, a fantastic night in performance, and enthusiastic reviews made our Carnegie Hall debut a season highlight. The New York Times, for one, wrote, "an alluring performance by The Crossing, an excellent choir." That's a pretty good start!
We love being in the same room with our composer friends, so having David Lang, Ted Hearne, and Amy Beth Kirsten all gathered together (along with many, many New York composers) for us to sing their music was a thrill; and, the collaboration with American Composers Orchestra was a joy. We look forward to more in the future!
Check out the rehearsal photos
Read the reviews.
New York Times Review - Concertonet.com Review - I Care If You Listen.com Review
THE CROSSING AND J.S. JENKS SCHOOL - CREATING TOGETHER!
Yes, it's true: The Crossing is embarking on our first education project, at the generous invitation of Chestnut Hill's Jenks School, with its visionary faculty and commitment to empirical learning. At their invitation, and with tremendous support from the Chestnut Hill Community Fund and the Presser Foundation, we have chosen a poet and a composer to visit the school, along with members of The Crossing, over the course of a year to share the creative process with the students, culminating in a new work to be performed by The Crossing and Jenks' students. Kile Smith, familiar to The Crossing family, will write the work, setting words of Philadelphia poet Ryan Eckes, a welcome addition to The Crossing family.
We are thrilled at this opportunity and the multi-dimensional aspects of the project. Over the year we'll be sending updates about the project and the students.
Stay tuned in.
Donald Nally, Conductor
2013-2014 Season – ASTRALIS
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