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Grantee News – The Crossing

June 4, 2024
This month we are delighted to spotlight MFS grantee The Crossing, a Grammy Award-winning chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally. Committed to collaborating with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir, The Crossing has issued 32 releases, receiving three Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019, 2023), and nine Grammy nominations, including in 2024. The Crossing collaborates with some of the world’s leading composers, ensembles, artists, venues, and presenters; to learn more about their work, visit  their website, where you can find news of upcoming performances, new releases, and more.
Upcoming Performances

The Month of Moderns 2024 will showcase two concerts at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. To learn more read on below:

MoM1: Not so Much Watching as Waiting
Saturday June 15, 5pm

pre-concert talk at 4pm in the Chapel

works of Robert Maggio, Stacy Garrop, and Gabriel Jackson
with Scott Dettra, organ and Elizabeth Steiner, harp

We present two of the most beloved works we’ve commissioned; both consider the experience of ageing, both live wholly in its aloneness. Robert Maggio’s The Woman Where We are Living, for harp and choir, sets Dr. Alzheimer’s impersonal, clinical notes on his first patient, Auguste Deter, which contrast with her words of fear and confusion, and her growing anxiety. Stacy Garrop’s In a House Besieged, for organ and choir, draws on essays of Lydia Davis that create a sometimes tender, at other times terrifying, world that is crumbling, closing in, empty. The concert also inaugurates our MoM 2024 exploration of the works Gabriel Jackson has written for us over our twelve-year relationship: According to Seneca is a virtuosic rumination on stoicism; a kind of weary wisdom emerges from its attempt to both acknowledge and eschew the question, “What does any of this mean?”

MoM2: Prairie in Our Backyard
Thursday June 27, 7pm

Six composers offer personal world views from their widely varying backgrounds spanning Riga to Chicago to London to Brooklyn to our home, Philadelphia. Our festival exploration of the works of Gabriel Jackson continue with titles like Self-Portrait in Charleston, Orlando and Rigwreck forming a platform for our deep dive into the Now. The 2023-2024 Season: Sin-eating closes with a bricolage of brilliant works looking back at its opening and asking a collective question: in the 9 months that have passed, how have our relationships to violence, celebration, loss, and the Earth evolved?

To learn more and to purchase tickets click here: The Month of Moderns 2024