The Crossing to Present a World Premiere of ‘Self-Portraits 1964, Unfinished’

By Francisco Salazar
(credit: John C Hawthorne)

Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing, led by conductor Donald Nally is set to give the world premiere of Martin Bresnick’s “Self-Portraits 1964, Unfinished.”

The performance will be on March 24, 2023 at Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square and will be co-presented by Penn Live Arts. The concert will also reunite The Crossing with PRISM Quartet.

The program will also feature  Bernd Franke’s 2005 composition, On the Dignity of Man, a setting of excerpts from the most well-known philosophical document of the 15th century, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s undelivered speech of the same title.

Also for saxophone quartet and choir, the work is notably different from Bresnick’s “Self-Portraits 1964, Unfinished,” in that the two ensembles live in quite different musical worlds.