The Crossing Returns to Montana For Summer Residency

By Logan Martell

This July, Grammy Award-winning music choir The Crossing will return to its annual summer residency in partnership with the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.

Presented with Tinworks Art at Story Mill, “The Crossing at Story Mill” will include the U.S. premiere of Gavin Bryars’ “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet,” a choral arrangement of his 1971 composition of the same name.

Following this will be Ayanna Woods’ “SHIFT,” which reimagines America’s monuments and their surrounding myths. Last of this program will be David Lang’s “In Nature,” which will be the first performance of the work with its full roster of 24 singers.

Performance Date: July 27, 2021

“The Forest” is an immersive experience that will feature the choir’s 24 singers positioned throughout the trees as socially-distanced groups of audience members explore the landscape. The libretto is drawn from writings of choir members overlaid with text from Scott Russell Sanders’ essay “Mind in the Forest.” The performance will utilize a new amplification system, ECHOES (Ex-Covid Haptotropic Optimistic Electrophonic Sound), which allows the singers to stand 30 feet from others while maintaining audibility and social distance.

Performance Date: July 30, 2021

Finally, the 2021 residency will be brought to an end with a reprise of their Story Mill program, “The Crossing at Moose Creek,” utilizing the ECHOES kits to perform from the Gallatin Canyon at Cache Creek Outfitters.

Performance Date: July 31, 2021