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Grammy nomination for The Arc in the Sky

Received texts of “Congrats” this morning, which puzzled me, as I didn’t know what I was being congratulated for. But then the news started slipping out that The Crossing received two nominations for Best Choral Performance for the 2020 Grammy...

The Dawn’s Early Light

The Dawn’s Early Light. SATB, Cello, Four Guitars, 19′. Text: Life Among the Piutes (1883), Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (c.1844–1891), ed. K.S., and “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814), Francis Scott Key (1779–1843). Commissioned for Conspirare and Craig Hella...

The Arc in Gramophone

Laurence Vittes praises The Arc in the Sky, the CD The Crossing, directed by Donald Nally, released this summer on Navona, in a thoughtful October 2019 Gramophone magazine review. My description of the work as a “65-minute pilgrimage for unaccompanied...

The Arc in the Sky in The Classic Review

“Smith has set a new standard for himself … at various times rocks, rolls, mourns, murmurs, laments, and glorifies. Masterful … exhilarating … a new top-notch, emotionally charged choral work. Strongly recommended listening for anyone.”...