The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir. The group has issued 29 releases, receiving three Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance and eight Grammy nominations.
A newly commissioned choral work by composer Ted Hearne confronts ways in which modern farming and food production shape the environment, communities, and essential workers. The live performance is performed outdoors with live instrumentation in the cultivated field of a working farm. Director Ashley Tata and Crossing conductor Donald Nally collaborate with Hearne to develop a libretto that draws on text from a variety of sources, including William Penn and Jeff Bezos. The work addresses the contraction of family farming, the growth of industrial farming in its place, and the increasing distance between people and their food sources. The creative team spent time on the farm at dusk to incorporate the environment’s sounds and character into the composition, which is performed by for 24 singers, electric guitars, keyboards, and percussion. The Crossing will produce a studio recording of the piece as well as a concert film of the outdoor performance.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.