The Crossing Announces 2023-24 Season

By Afton Wooten

The three-time Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing has announced its 2023-24 season titled “Sin Eating.”

Donald Nally leads the season featuring several world premieres and commissions by Tania León, Ayanna Woods, David T. Little, Gabriela Ortiz, Gavin Bryars, and David Lang, plus The Crossing’s second Resident Composer, Nina Shekhar.

“Crickets in our Backyard” highlights the works of Tania León, Wang Lu, and Ayanna Woods. Three concerts will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, PA, Battell Chapel at Yale University, and Paine Hall at Harvard University, respectively.

Performance Dates: September 16, 18, & 21, 2023

The world premiere of David T. Little’s “Sin-Eater” takes place at the Annenberg Center Harold Prince Theater. The Crossing is joined by the Ragazze Quartet with Jorinde Keesmaat directing.

Performance Dates: October 14 & 15, 2023

“Sin-Eater” will make its European premiere first at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and then in Den Bosch.

Performance Dates: November 9-10, 2023

The Crossing @ Christmas will give the world premiere of David Lang’s “poor hymnal.”

Performance Dates: December 15 & 17, 2023

The world premiere of “Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness?” by Gabriela Ortiz takes place at Rice University.

Performance Date: January 20, 2024

Gavin Bryars will premiere a new piece at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The title is yet to be announced.

Performance Date: March 16, 2024

“Month of Moderns 1: Prairie in our Backyard” features bass-baritone Davóne Tines. On the program is Tyshawn Sorey’s “Monochromatic Light,” making its Philadelphia premiere and Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel.” The concert takes place at the Icebox Project Space.

Performance Dates: June 14 & 15, 2024

“Month of Moderns 2” includes pieces by Gabriel Jackson, Ayanna Woods, Vanessa Lann, Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Joseph C. Phillips. The concert is held at Awbury Arboretum.

Performance Date: June 28, 2024