KUAF Arts Beat: An Oratorio For Tolerance With The Crossing

Dec 31, 2018

The Crossing, a Philadelphia based chamber choir, is nominated for a Grammy for their recording "Zealot Canticles."
Credit Courtesy The Crossing

The Crossing is a chamber choir in Philadelphia that champions both tolerance and new music in their new release "Zealot Canticles," an oratorio written in 2017 by Lansing McLoskey on writings by Nigerian poet Wole Soyinka, who was arrested and imprisoned for "civil defiance" in 1967. 

"Is there then not a thin line between extreme devotion -- zealotry -- and radicalism?" asks McLoskey when writing about the project in the recording's liner notes.

The riveting group is directed by Donald Nally, who spoke with Of Note's Katy Henriksen. Hear their full conversation in the streaming link.