A NONTRADITIONAL EVENING FORMAT AT WMPAC: Come at any time after 6:00 p.m., and stay as long as you’d like. Come for ten minutes, or all four hours. You are invited to enjoy this event on your own time.
With major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center will present the second of four phases in the development of an unprecedented new work for choir and film: Montaña. On the journey towards a 24-hour work, our second summer working with The Crossing, composer Michael Gordon, and filmmaker Bill Morrison, will bring to life new arrangements of classic cowboy anthems, paired with archival footage sourced from partners all over the country.
ABOUT THE CROSSING
The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir. Many of its over eighty commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues.
Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing’s first such partnership was as the resident choir of the Spoleto Festival in Italy, in 2007. Since then, collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Beth Morrison Projects, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Mostly Mozart Festival, National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum, Institute for Advanced Study, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and Northwestern University. The Crossing holds an annual residency at WMPAC each summer.
With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has issued 15 releases, receiving two Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019), and three Grammy nominations in as many years. The Crossing, with Donald Nally, was the American Composers Forum’s 2017 Champion of New Music. They were the recipients of the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.
The Crossing is represented by Alliance Artist Management.
Big Sky Choral Initiative, Kronos Quartet, wild Up, Eighth Blackbird, Sō Percussion, Roomful of Teeth, Jitro Czech Girls’ Choir