The Aniara Team
Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winner Harry Martinson, Aniara follows the physical and
emotional voyage of a group that has left a dying earth; thrown permanently off course, their spaceship
is headed toward the constellation Lyra, forever. Aniara explores our relationship to one another,
to Earth, and to the passage of time. Another milestone in The Crossing’s ongoing question:
“Who are we;
why do we do what we do?”
The Crossing is a Grammy-winning professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally that is dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir – most often addressing social issues – with the possibility of changing the way we think about writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir.
Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing’s first partnership was as the resident choir of the Spoleto Festival in Italy, in 2007. Since then, collaborators include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Sawdust, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Beth Morrison Projects, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum, Institute for Advanced Study, and Northwestern University. Each summer, The Crossing holds an annual residency at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.
With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has issued 14 releases, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2018, its second nomination in as many years. The Crossing, with Donald Nally, is the American Composers Forum’s 2017 Champion of New Music. They are the recipients of the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America. The Crossing is represented by Alliance Artist Management.
The Crossing, with Donald Nally, is the recipient of the 2018 Grammy award for Best Choral Performance. They have also received the American Composers Forum’s 2017 Champion of New Music award, the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.
Robert Maggio is an accomplished composer and long-time member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City; he has composed songs and incidental music for numerous professional theaters, including productions at Yale Repertory Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, Peoples Light and Theater Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz; his music for theater has received several Barrymore Award nominations in Philadelphia. His new work Touch Tones will receive its premiere at The Arden Theater next season.
Dance companies across the United States have commissioned Maggio for new scores and some of the nation's top orchestras have performed Maggio's orchestral music across North America; Maggio is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, BMI, New Music USA and Meet the Composer.
Harry Martinson (1904 -1978) was a Swedish author and poet; in 1949
he was elected into the Swedish Academy; he was awarded a joint Nobel Prize
in Literature in 1974 together with fellow Swede Eyvind Johnson;
his Aniara was published in 1956.
Christ Church Neighborhood House is an arts incubator that supports artists and audiences by
providing a platform for the creation and presentation of new work; in addition to housing the
Christ Church Parish and Preservation Trust offices, Neighborhood House serves a core
constituency of cross-disciplinary performing artists who imagine new and experimental works in
their 120‑seat theater.