The Crossing @ Christmas To World Premiere Edie Hill’s ‘Spectral Spirits’

By David Salazar

The Crossing @ Christmas is set to showcase the world premiere of Edie Hill’s “Spectral Spirits” in New York City and Philadelphia this December.

The performances are set to take place on Dec. 20 at the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia followed by a showcase on Dec. 21 at the Met Cloisters in New York. A day later, the series will come to a close at The Presbyterian Church of Chesnut Hill in Philadelphia.

“Spectral Spirits” was commission by The Crossing and will explore the beauty and diversity of the natural world found in birds.

“It’s a joy to compose for The Crossing with their one of a kind, grace, precision, vocal athleticism and sublimity of tone,” Hill noted in a press release. “And, their sense of adventure – to explore a world of precious avian creatures lost to us now at our own hands; to live in what I imagined to be, their world and to examine what it is in the human being that loved these birds to death either for beauty, sustenance or pure sport, in an extended work, has been a labor of love.”

Performances of Hill’s world’ premiere will be paired with David Lang’s Pulitzer-winning “little match girl passion” from 2008.