It is a lucky month for me with respect to my choral music. I’ve already posted about how Emmanuel Music will do a new motet this coming Sunday; but in addition, The Crossing, Philadelphia’s extraordinary choir devoted to the music of our time, will do my Spiralling Ecstatically at concerts in Philadelphia and New York in the days before Christmas. Donald Nally will conduct.
The Philadelphia performance will be Friday, December 21, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill at 8:00 pm. Go here for more information and to get tickets. I just learned today that the group will also do the piece when they perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on December 23. This will take place in the Medieval Sculpture Hall in front of the Christmas Tree and 18th-century Neapolitan crèche at 6:30 pm. More information here. (The Crossing’s page about this concert has not yet been updated to include mention of my piece.)
Both Emmanuel and The Crossing are quite superb, and I am looking forward to some great performances.
(Photo of The Crossing.)
Thursday, September 6, 7:30pm
Legacy Hall, Rivercenter for the Performing Arts
Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University
The program is:
Wanhal – Sonata in Bb Major
Primosch – Times Like These
Widor – Introduction et Rondo
Brahms – Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 120, No. 2
And closer to home, The Crossing
will do spiralling ecstatically
, a setting of an e.e. cummings poem for a cappella chorus, at their Christmas concert:
The piece originated in a setting I wrote for the choir of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Columbia University some decades ago. I subsequently re-wrote the piece for Emmanuel Church
in Boston, where it was done most recently at the installation
of their pastor, Pamela Werntz.
Congratulations to The Crossing’s conductor, Donald Nally
, who recently joined the faculty of Northwestern.
– go here for video on The Crossing, Donald Nally’s splendid new music choir here in Philly. They began their Month of Moderns today.
– first you say, ‘huh?” – but then you say, “of course.” You are reacting to news of The Cleveland Orchestras programs of Bruckner and John Adams at Lincoln Center next month.
– I will be heading up to NYC this week to hear Erwartung with Deborah Voigt and the NY Phil. Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead and Shostakovich 1st also on the show. The Rachmaninoff and Schoenberg kind of go together; how will the Shostakovich fit?
Go here for the first in a series of videos previewing upcoming performances by The Crossing, the fine choir led by Donald Nally. It features David Lang discussing text setting – this in connection with the new work he has composed for the group, called Statement to the Court on a text by Eugene Debs.