If you’ve been keeping up with the recent news on our blog, PARMA Recordings and The Crossing may sound quite familiar. Praised as “America’s most astonishing choir” by the New York Times, The Crossing made their recording debut with PARMA in 2009, a release that would lead to multiple commercial albums, ample attention from the press, and even a Grammy award. Today we celebrate TITRATION, The Crossing’s 30th album, and the latest release from Navona Records.
Premiered at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana in August 2022, TITRATION is another creative collaboration between The Crossing and Shara Nova, founder of the chamber pop band My Brightest Diamond and one of the featured composers on the choir’s most recent album, Carols After a Plague.
The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor | Photo by John C Hawthorne
Prior to release, works from the album have been performed in a number of settings and situations, including the national conference of The American Choral Directors Association in Cincinnati and on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
“As a child,” Shara Nova said, “I often understood the best way to deal with big feelings was to go silently into my bedroom and remain there until I could come out with a ‘better attitude.’ The story of my learning how to identify feelings and stay connected to my body is ongoing. The details of what has happened to me personally to make emotion and body awareness difficult were not necessary to tell. Instead I wanted to share some explorations in asking the question, ‘How do I keep on feeling in this mean, mean world?’”
Shara Nova | photo by Shervin Lainez
This release of The Crossing’s 30th album comes as the ensemble celebrates its third Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, and a tour (with movements of Titration) that included performances at the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago, Ithaca, and Dartmouth Colleges.