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Canticles of the Holy Wind

by John Luther Adams & The Crossing

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    releases May 12, 2017

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Sky with Four Suns
The White Wind
Dream of the Hermit Thrush
Sky with Four Moons
The Singing Tree
The Blue Wind
Sky with Nameless Colors
Cadenza of the Mockingbird
The Yellow Wind
Dream of the Canyon Wren
Sky with Endless Stars
The Hour of the Owls
The Dark Wind


Lauded by the New York Times as a “...hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong,” John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Holy Wind, performed by the renowned chamber choir The Crossing, is his most technically challenging choral work, and yet the music’s mesmerizing aura of stillness encourages listening at its most elemental. The piece is composed for four choirs of eight singers each, and moves through spaces that are as fantastical (“Sky with Four Suns”) as they are serene (“The Hour of the Doves”), always with a connection to our inner world, as well as the world around us.

“John allows us to interrupt our otherwise endlessly forward-tumbling lives,” notes Donald Nally, The Crossing’s conductor, “and experience these sounds as if we were sitting in the woods for an hour. An hour of wind and of sky and of birds. We are drawn to this music, not just for the beauty of its shimmering harmonies and the overwhelming climactic moments, but also for way it inspires a ‘hearing’ of nature, in real time, as we sing it.”


releases May 12, 2017

Donald Nally, conductor
John Grecia, accompanist
Amy Garapic, percussion

The Crossing is:
Katy Avery, Julie Bishop, Steven Bradshaw, Sharon Byrne, Malcolm Cooper, Micah Dingler, Hannah Dixon- McConnell, Robert Eisentrout, Ryan Fleming, Joanna Gates, Dimitri German, Barbara Hill, Steven Hyder, Michael Jones, Nickolas Karageorgiou, Heather Kayan, Heidi Kurtz, Chelsea Lyons, Frank Mitchell, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers, Daniel O’Dea, Becky Oehlers, Christine Papania, Wilbur Pauley, Alexandra Porter, James Reese, Kyle Sackett, Daniel Schwartz, Rebecca Siler, Daniel Spratlan, Elisa Sutherland, Daniel Taylor, Jackson Williams



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