Off the Beaten Track: David Hertzberg’s Hallucinatory ‘The Wake World’ Serves Up a Sonic Feast

This month’s Off the Beaten Track explores the newly released recording of “The Wake World: A Tale for Babes and Sucklings,” a one-act opera composed by Los Angeles-based composer/librettist David Hertzberg and inspired by Aleister Crowley’s work of the same name. The recording is the first opera released under the Tzadik label. Founder and executive producer of Tzadik, John Zorn {…}

The Crossing Releases Film of David Lang’s ‘protect yourself from infection’

The Crossing has released a new film that highlights David Lang’s “protect yourself from infection.” The work was commissioned by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia for the September 2019 parade and he “Spit Spreads Death” exhibition that commemorates the 1918-19 Flu Pandemic. The film was conceived by conducted Donald Nally and created by Brett Snodgrass {…}

The Crossing to Give World Premiere of Michael Gordon’s ‘Anonymous Man’

Michael Gordon’s choral work “Anonymous Man” will be getting its world premiere on July 1, 2017, in Philadelphia in a performance featuring the Donald Nally-led choir, The Crossing. The concert-length work for solo chorus was written for the 24-voice organization and was inspired by Gordon’s real-life experiences in an ever-changing Lower Manhattan, meeting his future wife, raising a family. But one {…}