Tinworks Art
The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor
The Arc in the Sky

PROJECT Description

The Arc in the Sky
A choral performance on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 4:30PM

Presented in partnership with the Aoide Chamber Singers and Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, the two-time Grammy-winning choir, The Crossing performed Kile Smith’s The Arc in the Sky at Tinworks Art on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

“It seems to me to be the perfect piece to bring to this transitioning place, to remind us that our history is not in buildings or even in plots of land that humans imagine we can 'own'; it is always in the lives lived by the people, and the animals, and the plants that have graced this piece of earth.”

— Donald Nally, Conductor

Kile Smith’s The Arc in the Sky was commissioned by The Crossing and premiered in June 2018 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. A concert-length work written for unaccompanied choir, The Arc in the Sky sets texts by the enigmatic Robert Lax. “As soon as I read Lax, I knew I wanted to set his words to music,” writes composer Kile Smith. “The ecstasy of being carried along is what I wanted to capture, the feeling not so much of a performance, or of listening to a performance, but of performers and listeners together being caught up in something bigger than them all.”


ABOUT THE Crossing

The Crossing is a two-time Grammy-winning chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and exclusively devoted to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir – most often addressing social issues – that explore and expand the ways we experience choral music.

Since forming in 2005, The Crossing has become one of the foremost commissioners of new music in the United States, commissioning and performing over 80 new works for choir from notable composers such as Pulitzer Prize winners John Luther Adams, David Lang, and Caroline Shaw; 2018 Pulitzer finalists Ted Hearne and Michael Gilbertson; Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Lewis Spratlan, and Michael Gordon.

To date, The Crossing has released 15 albums, receiving Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance in 2018 and 2019. Their commission of Ted Hearne’s Sound from the Bench was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

The ensemble regularly collaborates with some of the nation’s most accomplished ensembles, including International Contemporary Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Piffaro, and PRISM Saxophone Quartet. Recent collaborations include: the world premiere of Aniara: fragments of time and space with Finnish theater company Klockriketeatern; the European debut at the Haarlem Koorbiënnale in The Netherlands; a site-specific work in the historic reception rooms of New York’s Park Avenue Armory; the January debut with the New York Philharmonic in Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth; and an appearance at Noon to Midnight festival with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Website: CrossingChoir.com


With performances described as “the best choral singing we’ve ever heard in Bozeman (or almost anywhere),” the Aoide Chamber Singers have established themselves as one of Montana’s leading vocal ensembles. Founded in the fall of 2012 at Montana State University by then freshman Andrew Major, Aoide humbly began as a group of seven friends. Their high level of artistry and commitment to modern music drew attention from others and membership now exceeds 20.

Website: AoideChamberSingers.org


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