Thank you for making 2017 another "new year" for new music.  We traveled far, 
brought many composing friends home to Philadelphia, and sent our music 
and message across the world through many new recordings.   

Join us in a taking a quick look at what made 2017 an amazing, exhilarating, 
complex year - a nice balance to the loud media noise that seems to buzz 
around us at all moments.  We are grateful to the entire team and family that 
are The Crossing and help make a little sense out of that noise through 
new works that speak to the issues of the day.
Happy New Year!
 - Donald, for The Crossing

Come. Hear. Now.
2017 In Review
Rehearsing for Month of Moderns at the Icebox in June

Performing at the Big Ears Festival, Knoxville in March 

Snowball fight at Colgate in February

* Colgate University
* Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
The National Gallery, Washington
National Sawdust, Brooklyn
Symphony Space, Manhattan
The Cleveland Museum
Big Ears Festival, Knoxville
In the West Garden Court at the National Gallery,
from the national anthems tour in November 

Dress rehearsal at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston in February 

* Sound from the Bench (Ted Hearne)
* Canticles of the Holy Wind (John Luther Adams)
* If there were water (Gregory W. Brown and Stratis Minakakis)
* Clay Jug (Edie Hill)

Grammy Nomination #2

Our second Grammy-nominated CD, Gavin Bryars' 
The Fifth Century, is an ambitious work for choir and saxophone quartet that sets text from 17th-century English poet and theologian Thomas Traherne's  Centuries of Meditations.  Premiered with PRISM Quartet in 2014, the album was named one of The Top 10 Classical Recordings by The Chicago Tribune in 2016. The Fifth Century is released on the ECM New Series and marks the first full ECM album from Gavin in decades.

"ravishing but ethereal tones" - The New Yorker, March 2017
Recording "If There Were Water" at St. David's Episcopal Church (Wayne, PA) in June 

Composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe chat with Donald during rehearsals for Anonymous Man in June 

Zawazawa (Dai Fujikura) -- US Premiere
Zawazawa (Dai Fujikura) -- US Premiere
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka whose texts are the source for Lansing McLoskey's Zealot Canticles
Commissioned Premieres

Zealot Canticles 
(Lansing McLoskey), March

'mid the steep sky's commotion 
(Joshua Stamper), June

un/bodying/s (Gregory W. Brown), June

Crossings Cycle (Stratis Minakakis), June

Zawazawa (Dai Fujikura), a co-commission with the Tokyo Philharmonic Choir, June

Anonymous Man (Michael Gordon), July 

Born (Michael Gilbertson), December 

iForest "I walk toward myself" (Pete Wyer), ongoing installation at The Wild Center
Basses Dan Spratlan & Dan Schwartz and Tenors Dan Taylor & Ryan Fleming
perform in the red glow of The Crossing @ Christmas in December

Performing Joshua Stamper's 'mid the steep sky's commotion, with visuals by Caroline Santa.
See more in the video below 

'mid the steep sky's commotion - short documentary
Short documentary on "'mid the steep sky's commotion" from June
The Breakfast of Champions!


2017 Champions of New Music, 
American Composers Forum 

2017 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Chorus America

2017 Michael Korn Award to Donald Nally from Chorus America
2017 Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art
2017 Michael Korn Founders Award for
 Development of the Professional Choral Art
Performing at National Sawdust, Brooklyn in February

Donald and composer Rob Maggio traveled to Helsinki in August to begin work on Aniara
Major Support

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, major funding over two years to support Aniara, our collaboration with Klockriketeatern in Helskinki

The William Penn Foundation, major funding over three years for operations

The Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation, continuing support over three years for increasing artists' wages

The Getty Foundation, for substantial support to commission new works

100,000 from an anonymous donor, supporting recordings
50,000 from an anonymous donor, supporting performances
25,000 from an anonymous donor, supporting Anonymous Man
David Lang, Caroline Shaw and Donald at a post-concert talk
hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study in November 

Performing Troy Herion's score as singing trilobites in "A Period of Animate Existence",
a collaboration with Pig Iron Theatre at the Fringe Festival in September 

Donald, Gavin and
Conducting Fellow Andrew Major,
among the Montana mountains.

The Crossing @ Big Sky

2017 Big Sky Choral Initiative
with Gavin Bryars

Five premieres from Composition Fellows:
Alex Berko 
Nic Chuaqui 
Nicholas Cline
Natalie Dietterich
Cortlandt Matthews

seventeen Vocal Fellows

An additional week with
seven Conducting Fellows

Week 1 cohort (Vocal and Composition Fellows) and
Composer-in-Residence Gavin Bryars at the Big Sky Choral Initiative in July

Empire of Crystal at 11,166ft
Empire of Crystal at 11,166ft


The initial web offering for Aniara,  our largest project to date.
Stay tuned for updates about this collaboration with composer Rob Maggio, 
Helsinki's Klockriketeatern and its artistic director Dan Henriksson

Outside the Annenberg Center where we performed with Pig Iron Theatre Company in
"A Period of Animate Existence" at the Fringe Festival in September


Packed audiences and a sold out Brooklyn debut were an inspiration.  

Thanks for showing up, for listening, and for going on the journey with us.


And, if you haven't yet finished your year-end giving, 
please keep us in mind.  

You can support our our 2018 plans here, 
and ensure the new year is even better than the old!