Festivals & Series

Relevance in Contemporary Choral Music

From the Nation's Leading Commissioner of Works for Choir

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:00am

Online via Zoom

Donald Nally, John W. Beattie Chair of Music and Director of Choral Organizations, will discuss the intersection of his work with his Grammy-Award winning ensemble, The Crossing, and the choirs of the Bienen School of Music. The presentation, which will include audio/video examples, will explore Donald's processes and experiences of commissioning and premiering over 125 choral works, many of which address issues of social justice through text and music. He will also discuss how his choirs consistently address presentation and purpose of choral art in 2021, why audiences are increasing for new choral music, and what The New York Times meant in its headline about The Crossing: "America's Most Astonishing Choir Hates Sounding Pretty."