REVIEWS

"...the Crossing choir allowed the music to unfold with distinctive poetry..." 

—The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

September 2016
"
Philly Fringe 2016: Ted Hearne and The Crossing’s ‘Sound from the Bench’" - Broad Street Review review of our Sound from the Bench program at FringeArts
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September 2016
"'Sound from the Bench' at Fringe: Music that means something" - Preview from The Philadelphia Inquirer of our performance of music of Ted Hearne at FringeArts
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August 2016
"New Music Inspired by Christ’s Agony and Dating Apps" - Review of Seven Responses at Mostly Mozart from The New York Times (begins about half-way down)
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August 2016
"Philly group The Crossing wows at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival" - The Philadelphia Inquirer review of Seven Responses at Mostly Mozart
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August 2016
"7 Inspirations for 'Seven Responses'" - Lincoln Center article on some of the inspiration behind Seven Responses
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August 2016
"10 Things to Do Now in NYC" - Seven Responses included on this list from The New York Times
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August 2016
"Got a Classic Piece? Here Comes the Sequel." - The New York Times references Seven Responses in this article about response-composition
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July 2016
"The Crossing Choir in Concert on WRTI: Seven Responses, Part 2, July 24th at 4 PM" - Preview of Seven Responses Part 2 broadcast on WRTI
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July 2016
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Crossing musically to Chestnut Hill" - The Chestnut Hill Local review of Jeff Quartets
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July 2016
"The Crossing sings modern music for a dead master" - The Philadelphia Inquirer review of Jeff Quartets
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July 2016
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The Crossing Choir in Concert on WRTI: Seven Responses, Part 1, July 10th at 4 PM" - Preview of Seven Responses Part 1 broadcast on WRTI
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July 2016
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10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination Mid-Year" - Q2 Music names The Crossing a 2016 'Cutting Edge Artist'
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June 2016
"Crossing over into new music commissioned by local opera star" - The Chestnut Hill Local review of Seven Responses
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June 2016
"Donald Nally’s The Crossing presents ‘Seven Responses’ - A dialogue of the centuries" - Broad Street Review review of Seven Responses
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June 2016
"The Crossing: 'Just when you think you've heard everything...'" - The Philadelphia Inquirer review of Seven Responses
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June 2016
"Crossing choir presents 'Seven Responses' to sacred sorrow of baroque oratorio" - NewsWorks preview of Seven Responses
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June 2016
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The Crossing plays Gavin Bryars and Tõnu Kõrvits: Meditation with saxophones" - Broad Street Review review of the NYC premiere of The Fifth Century
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June 2016
"Local chamber choir The Crossing reflect on 1680 composition with new Seven Responses" - Preview of Seven Responses from WXPN
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June 2016
"The Crossing’s Ambitious Two-Night Project: Seven Responses" - WRTI preview of Seven Responses
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June 2016
"Coming up in Philly music: ‘Seven Responses’ to wounds and healing" - Broad Street Review preview of Seven Responses
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June 2016
"'Seven Responses': A massive union of old, new, compassion, and suffering" - The Philadelphia Inquirer preview of Seven Responses
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June 2016
"
The Fifth Century as a window to eternity: Gavin Bryars in New York" - Bachtrack review of the NYC premiere of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century
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June 2016
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Review: Hints of Eternity at Trinity Wall Street" - Review of the NYC Premiere of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century in The New York Times
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June 2016
"Rescheduled concert more contemplative than dramatic" - The Philadelphia Inquirer review of the NYC premiere of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century
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June 2016
"THE CROSSING: “THE FIFTH CENTURY"" - The New Yorker preview of the NYC premiere of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century
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April 2016
"The Crossing Joins ICE and Quicksilver for epic Seven Responses project" - Broadway World Preview of Seven Responses
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January 2016
"The Crossing: 'The Fifth Century'" - The New Yorker feature in "Goings on about town"
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December 2015
"Choral repertoire opposites at Hill Christmas concerts" - Review of The Crossing @ Christmas 2015 in Chestnut Hill Local
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December 2015
"Christmas magic from The Crossing" - The Philadelphia Inquirer review of The Crossing @ Christmas 2015
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December 2015
"The Crossing to Premiere Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century, 1/23" - Broadway World preview of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century
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December 2015
"Church Doublebill" - Preview of The Crossing @ Christmas in Chestnut Hill Local
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December 2015
"A classical year: The best, the worst, the squid brains" - The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Toivo Tulev's A child said, what is the grass? from MoM 2015 Philadelphia's 'most successful musical fusion' of 2015
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December 2015
"Al-Bustan and The Crossing join musical cultures" - Review of our collaboration with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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November 2015
"New Syrian Music Recalls Happier Times" - The Philadelphia Inquirer preview of Words Adorned with Al-Bustan
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October 2015
"Two more grand slam home run concerts at Hill churches" - Chestnut Hill Local review of Reprise 1
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October 2015
"The Crossing Choir marks 10 amazing years" - Review of Reprise 1 by Philadelphia Inquirer
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October 2015
"A grand old home for innovative music" - Philadelphia Inquirer on Sessions @ Stotesbury
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August 2015
"Music Review: Lewis Spratlan - Hesperus is Phosphorus" - Review of Hesperus is Phosphorus by blogcritics.org
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July 2015
"Classical Playlist: Lews Spratlan, Beethoven and Brahms" - The New York Times  review of Hesperus is Phosphorus
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June 2015
"'Path of Miracles' was the event of the season" - The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles from The Month of Moderns 2015
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June 2015
"Crossing over again" - Review of the second concert of The Month of Moderns 2015: Out of hopeful green stuff woven in Chestnut Hill Local
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June 2015
"Crossing Whitman with Estonia" - The Philadelphia Inquirer  on the second concert of The Month of Moderns 2015: Out of hopeful green stuff woven
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June 2015
"Hill world premiere: no discernible rhythm but potent" - Chestnut Hill Local review of the first concert of The Month of Moderns 2015: Only memory of forgetting
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June 2015
"The Crossing looks back (a little)" - Review of the first concert of The Month of Moderns 2015: Only memory of forgetting in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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June 2015
"[Moonstrund Air] effectively blends rhythmic, harmonic and stylistic techniques of early and contemporary music in ways that use the building blocks of the past to point the way into the future." - WRTI  review of Moonstrung Air: Choral music of Gregory Brown
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April 2015
"'Crossing' choir to perform with Jenks Students" - Chestnut Hill Local preview of our collaboration with the J.S. Jenks School
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February 2015
"Contemporary vocal music which showcases the intriguing and intelligent work by this American composer."
— Music blog Planet Hugill's review of Moonstrung Air: Choral Music of Gregory Brown
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February 2015
"TED Talks and Genetic Sequences at Play in Gregory W. Brown's Moonstrung Air"
—  Moonstrung Air named Q2's 'Music Album of the Week'
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January 2015
"...the singing of The Crossing...was as close to perfection as imaginable." -Chestnut Hill Local praise for The Consolation of Apollo/The Little Match Girl Passion
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December 2014
"...a glow of the familiar in a program that was anything but." - The Philadelphia Inquirer review of The Crossing @ Christmas 2014
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December 2014
"Would these works have been written were there not a choir like this to sing them?" - The Crossing included in The Philadelphia Inquirer's 'The Year in Classical Music'
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December 2014
"...the Crossing choir allowed the music to unfold with distinctive poetry..." - The Philadelphia Inquirer  on our collaboration with Allora & Calzadilla
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December 2014
"Here, Listen: Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals" - ArtSlant  praise for our collaboration with Allora & Calzadilla
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October 2014
"...these two pieces represent their own rediscoveries of the Christmas season through routes that are all the more effective for being so unanticipated." - The Philadelphia Inquirer praise for The Consolation of Apollo/The Little Match Girl Passion
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October 2014
"The ambitious program will encompass the full range of human potential as embodied in complementary works set around the Christmas holiday." - The Times of Trenton preview of The Consolation of Apollo/The Little Match Girl Passion
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September 2014
"...the environment was not only a source of inspiration: it was an integral part of the music itself." - WQXR article on Sila: The Breath of the World
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July 2014
"Applause seemed inadequate and inappropriate..." - David Patrick Stearns onSila: The Breath of the World in his blog Condemned to Music
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July 2014
"...a siren could almost blend imperceptibly into the rising and falling of the overtones of the piece." - Review of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World from WNYC music blog Soundcheck
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July 2014
"...intense, beautiful, and thought-provoking." Review of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World from music blog bachtrack
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July 2014
"...the plaza became a humming, mass of subdued, flowing sounds." - New York Times article about the premiere of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World
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July 2014
"...a sound garden, embracing a multiplicity of narratives..." - Washington Postreveiw of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World
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July 2014
"The music was meandering and atmospheric,,," - Review of John Luther Adams'Sila: The Breath of the World from music blog Feast of Music
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July 2014
"...static, long-held tones... creating planes of otherworldly sound." - Philadelphia Inquirer preview of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World
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July 2014
"...something of a miracle." - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MoM 3: 2014.
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June 2014
"The singers seemed to live the piece from the inside out." - Philadelphia Inquirerreview of MoM 2: 2014.
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June 2014
"Counterpoint came in the form of contrasting background and foreground effects (background being a distant voice of indistinct origin)." - Philadelphia Inquirerreview of MoM 1: 2014.
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June 2014
"Choir and electric guitars: hardly natural bedfellows." - Philadelphia Inquirerpreview Ted Hearne's Sound from the Bench
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April 2014
Crossing co-founder and singer Jeff Dinsmore passes away April 14 --Philadelphia Inquirer
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March 2014
"Ears wide open here in the new Brooklyn" - Philadelphia Inquirer article about the new music scene in Philly
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February 2014
"Ted Hearne’s inventive Ripple for a cappella choir also left a strong impression in an alluring performance by The Crossing, an excellent choir conducted by Donald Nally that has made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music." - New York Times review of Carnegie debut.
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February 2014
“The Crossing” was not like any choir I’d heard before..." - Concertonet review of our Carnegie Hall debut with the ACO
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February 2014
"The work also offered a fitting showcase for Nally’s superb choir, who performed with a unified confidence and energy that truly exemplifies the quintessence of professionalism." - I Care If You Listen.com's review of Carnegie Debut
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December 2013
"The Crossing offers something new for Christmas" - Philadelphia Inquirer Review of Crossing @ Christmas
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December 2013
"This Composer's an enigma wrapped in a sense of humor." - Philadelphia Inquirer preview article about Crossing @ Christmas
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September 2013
"Two concerts find harmony in congenial spaces" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of John Luther Adans' Canticles of the Holy Wind
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September 2013
"A Season for Singing Out" - Philadelphia Inquirer 2013 Fall Arts Preview
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September 2013
"The Crossing debuts new piece" - Philadelphia Metro preview of Canticles of the Holy Wind
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June 2013
"I closed my eyes I could clearly hear the sounds of birds and wind echoing off cliffs or canyon walls. It was truly remarkable." MoM III impressions by Local Arts live's founder, Sharon Torello
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June 2013
"Phila. choir gets what it wants with the Stones" - Philadelphia Inquirer article about The Crossing and the Rolling Stones
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June 2013
"Sideshow: The Crossing choir giving Stones what they need" - Philadelphia Inquirer article about The Crossing and the Rolling Stones
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June 2013
"The Crossing choir in new setting, new work" - Philadelphia Inquirer Review of MoM II
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June 2013
"The Crossing opens its festival with a Baltic stunner" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MoM I
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June 2013
"Most artistically important of all these is I want to live (Innova) by the female version of the Crossing choir" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of recent Classical CDs.
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May 2013
"The Crossing Wins Chorus America’s Prestigious “Dale Warland Singers Commission Award.”
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April 2013
"Premiere of Bonhoeffer reveals an important work." - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Thomas Lloyd's Bonhoeffer
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April 2013
"Bonhoeffer is not a performance, it is a Liturgy" - Broadstreet Review comments on Thomas Lloyd's Bonhoeffer
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April 2013
"...an emotional delivery of the musical arguments." - Local Arts Live's observations on Bonhoeffer
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December 2012
"...a rich, warm and beautifully focused sound" - New York Times review of Little match Girl Cantata at The Met Museum
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December 2012
"...voices wafting into the infinite." - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Crossing @ Christmas 2012
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December 2012
"...it was abundantly clear that this would be no ordinary concert." - Local Arts Live's observations on Crossing @ Christmas 2012
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October 2012
"In Philadelphia, choral music with stories to tell" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Half-Crossed / Pre-Election concert
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July 2012
"A Tsunami of Text for a Striking Vision of the Hereafter" - Seen & Heard International's review of Hesperus is Phosphorus
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July 2012
"Norwegian Girl Choir shimmers" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of our Collaboration with the NGC.
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June 2012
"The Crossing goes sacred without sanctity" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Month of Moderns III
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May 2012
"The Choir, the Clarinet and the Adrienne Rich part" - New York Times review of Hesperus is Phosphorus
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December 2011
"As you like it" - an article about The Crossing in England's premiere choral magazine, Choir & Organ
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December 2011
"The Rewards of Adventurous Programming" - An article in Chorus America's magazine, The Voice
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December 2011
"The Crossing and Mendelssohn Club in celebratory choral events in Chestnut Hill" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Crossing @ Christmas
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December 2011
"Traditional and original Xmas concerts at Hill church" - Chestnut Hill Local review of Crossing @ Christmas
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December 2011
"Crescendos in a Classical Year" - Classical Music: Best of 2011, Philadelphia Inquirer
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September 2011
"James Dillon’s Magnum Opus, Nine Rivers: Not for the Faint of Heart" - Seen & Heard International's Review of James Dillon's Nine Rivers
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September 2011
"How Do You Say Gesamtkunstwerk in Scottish?" - Musical America Review of James Dillon's Nine Rivers - (Excerpt)
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September 2011
"River Elegy That Covers a Wide Sonic Terrain" - Nine Rivers review in The New York Times
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September 2011
"Crossing choir in U.S. premiere of Dillon's Nine Rivers" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Nine Rivers, day one
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September 2011
"James Dillon's decades-in-the-making work is an ambitious symphonic cycle" Nine Rivers preview in the Star Ledger
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September 2011
"James Dillon’s mega opus: A view from the trenches" - Arts Journal Blog's preview of Nine Rivers
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September 2011
"Nine Rivers opens ambitious season at Miller" - Columbia Spectator Preview of Nine Rivers
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September 2011
"Tough Assignment for an Accidental Conductor" - Nine Rivers preview in the New York Times
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September 2011
A Scottish composer’s poetic, problematic magnum opus comes to Miller Theatre. Nine Rivers preview in Time Out – New York
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September 2011
"Fine conducting, choral offerings, players outside the concert halls: Sounds good." - Philadelphia Inquirer 2011 Fall Preview
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June 2011
"3 Latvians conquer Chestnut Hill - Their music, and the performance of it by the Crossing choir, were electrifying." Philadelphia Inquirer review of Month of Moderns III
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June 2011
"Kile Smith's music for the Stoic heart" - BroadStreetReview.com review of MoM II
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June 2011
"So much for the notion that modern music doesn’t speak to its listeners!" -Chestnut Hill Local review of MoM II
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June 2011
"Seneca inspires magic at Crossing choir festival" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Month of Moderns II
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June 2011
"24 voices speak to big questions" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM I 2011
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June 2011
The Crossing gets a brief mention in the New York Times' review of OCP's Phaedra
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May 2011
Philadelphia to host three major new-music events - a "Perfect Storm" Philadelphia Inquirer
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May 2011
Taking chorus in unheard-of directions - An Interview with Conductor, Donald Nally Philadelphia Inquirer
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July 2010
Chestnut Hill Local review of MOM 3
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July 2010
"Poets inspire songs" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM 3
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July 2010
Chestnut Hill Local review of MOM 2
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July 2010
"The Crossing Part II" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM 2
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July 2010
Chestnut Hill Local review of MOM 1
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June 2010
"Could they all just get along?" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM 1
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June 2010
"Brave New World" - Courier Post preview of MOM 2010
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June 2010
Montgomery New Preview of MOM 2010
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June 2010
"Project give poet pause" - MOM 2010 Preview, Philadelphia Inquirer
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June 2010
"MOM 2010 Preview - Chestnut Hill Local
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January 2010
"Happily following uncharted byways" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of C@W
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March 2010
"Choruses Getting Adventurous" - Philadelphia Inquirer Article
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February 2010
Vespers CD review: "Innovative new American Sacred Works - Choral Journal
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January 2010
Vespers CD - Musicweb International's "CD of the Month"
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June 2009
"The Crossing sings final concert of Month of Moderns festival" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM3
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June 2009
"The Crossing’s unique niche" - Broadstreet Review review of MOM3
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June 2009
"Reflection/anticipation" - Hotbed of Intrigue review of MOM3
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June 2009
Gramophone Magazine review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
City Paper review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
Infodad.com review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
Broadstreet Review review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
Audiophile.com review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
AllMusic.com review of Vespers CD Epiphany Vespers
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June 2009
"The Crossing season climaxes with 'Month of Moderns'" - Montgomery News Preview of MOM3
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May 2009
"Chestnut Hill church crosses over into Romanticism" - Chestnut Hill Local Review of the MOM2
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May 2009
"A little something for everyone; The Crossing's Month of Moderns festival covered lots of stylistic ground in Part II" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM2
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May 2009
"Work and Voices Triumph" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of MOM1 Path of Miracles
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April 2009
The Buffalo News reviews Epiphany Vespers CD
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January 2009
"The Crossing sings poetry set to music" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of Crossing@Winter concert
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January 2009
"This is clearly The Crossing’s year." - Broad Street Review's article about the Crossing@Winter concert
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January 2009
"Donald Nally is a magician of a choral conductor." Chestnut Hill Local Review of the Crossing@Winter concert
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December 2008
Crossing #4 of Philadelphia Inquirer's "Top 10" Classical Events of 2008
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July 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer article about the Vespers recording project
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May 2008
A live concert archival recording of Epiphany Vespers to be broadcast on June 1 at 8PM
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April 2008
"The Crossing - a choir that finds the glory in the modern" - Montgomery Newspapers
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January 2008
"Best Chorus in Philadelphia" - Philadelphia Inquirer review of the world premiere of Kile Smith's Epiphany Vespers
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January 2008
"One of the finest concerts I've heard in at least the last decade" - Chestnut Hill Local review of Epiphany Vespers concert.
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January 2008
Epiphany Vespers World Premiere review in Philadelphia Inquirer
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January 2008
Epiphany Vespers World Premiere review in Chestnut Hill Local
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December 2007
The Crossing "establishes a new level of choral singing for the region"
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December 2007
"Exquisite control, precision tuning and phrasing that makes you re-evaluate the capabilities of the human voice" - Music Web International
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December 2007
Crossing @ Christmas review in Chestnut Hill Local
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November 2007
David Shapiro to write new piece for The Crossing to premiere at the Second Annual "Crossing @ Christmas" concert on December 21st at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill at 8PM. Text to be set will be Et incarnatus est.

October 2007
The Crossing gets "adventurous" review in Philadelphia Inquirer
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October 2007
Music Web International review of "The night has many hours... "
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August 2007
The Crossing announces 07/08 Season
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August 2007
The Crossing selected as Choir In Residence for 2007 Spoleto Festival
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December 2006
Donald Nally, and a choir with intelligence - Philadelphia Inquirer review
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December 2006
Chestnut Hill Local review of Crossing @ Christmas
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September 2006
One of the finest choral concerts I've ever heard - Chestnut Hill Local review
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August 2006
Chestnut Hill Local Preview of September '06 Concert
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November 2005
Choral group, in debut, sings works seldom heard - Philadelphia Inquirer review
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November 2005
New Group, Familiar Voices - Philadelphia Inquirer preview Article
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