Renewal. Restoration. Rebirth. A moment to breath out. We have nearly reached the longest night and will soon, once again, begin our journey to the longest day. The Crossing @ Christmas explores renewal - how the Earth cleanses itself, how time erases the paths and directions of those who walk upon it, how we are all headed toward blooming. Gavin Bryars' new unaccompanied work
A Native Hill
, sets texts by American writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry. Although at first appearance pastoral, Berry's descriptions of the minutiae of his rural existence have a profound metaphysical and even political force. For The Crossing @ Christmas we premiere half of this new and significant addition to choral literature, alongside settings of provocative poetry of George Herbert, e.e. cummings, St. Teresa of Avila, and Joan Prefontaine. Thoughtful, meditative music from some of the world's most imaginative choral composers.