The Crossing

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Church of the Holy Trinity

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About This Performance

Hailed as “superb” (The New York Times), “ardently angelic” (Los Angeles Times) and “something of a miracle” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the internationally-recognized choir makes its PCMS debut singing Kevin Puts’ To Touch the Sky and other contemplative works appropriate to the season. This promises to be an evening of beautiful music exquisitely sung.

The Crossing at Christmas
The Crossing's holiday program looks at the role of the mother, at the Nativity and far beyond—in our inner and outer lives, in the world, and in time. Music that asks questions—from David Lang's hauntingly beautiful where you go (after the Book of Ruth, 2015), to Toivo Tulev's soaring And then in silence there with Me be only You (2002). With a world premiere of Aaron Helgeson based on Kazim Ali’s translation of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour. The centerpiece of the program is Kevin Puts' choral cycle To Touch the Sky (2012), on writings of Sappho, Mother Teresa, Mirabai, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Christina Rosetti, and Hildegard of Bingen. This rich, contemplative program also features the U.S. premiere of David Lang’s last spring, written in memory of Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud, founder of Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop.