The Crossing to Present ‘The Forest’ in Nature Trail Production

By Logan Martell

On October 3, 2020 Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing is set to perform a socially-distanced performance of “The Forest.”

This performance will feature 24 singers performing along a trail at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

This new work focuses on the relationship between a forest and its individual trees, seen as a metaphor for an ensemble’s relationship with its singers. The libretto is drawn from the writings of company artists as they reflected on their time in isolation, as well as texts from Scott Russell Sanders’ essay “Mind in the Forest.” The music is developed by conductor Donald Nally and assistant conductor Kevin Vondrak.

“The Forest” is 20-minutes in length, with audiences able to walk along 0.3 miles of nature trail while listening to the artists through a new amplification system created by sound designer Paul Vazquez. The work is available for reservation only, with each group of listeners being separated by a two-minute buffer as they walk along the prescribed trail.