Last fall, I was wowed by the The Crossing, a professional chamber choir directed by Donald Nally that is based in Philadelphia. They took part in Miller Theatre’s presentation of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers, a three-evening work that is the Scottish composer’s magnum opus (read my Musical America review here). Armed only with tuning forks (and, of course, excellent preparation by Nally), they performed this superbly difficult piece in the ‘new complexity’ style with aplomb; on a densely populated stage to boot (I don’t think I’ve seen fifty people onstage at the same time at modest-sized Miller before!).
On Monday January 9, Crossing returns to NYC to perform with Renaissance band Piffaro in Kile Smith’s Vespers, a work that blends early and contemporary musical styles. Smith’s setting of Lutheran liturgical texts is crosscut with elements referencing postmodern Man’s complicated relationship with God, ritual, doubt, and organized religion. Throughout the holidays, I’ve cheated a bit and spun some Epiphany tunes early, enjoying the Navona recording of the work. I’m eager to hear it live on Monday evening.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Park Avenue Christian Church, NYC - Directions
Pre-concert talk with the composer 45 minutes the concerts