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From Carnegie Hall To Western Montana: Monroe Crossing & 'A Bluegrass Mass'

Monroe Crossing warming up before an interview at Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham
Monroe Crossing warming up before an interview at Montana Public Radio

This week Monroe Crossingwill play three performances of "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in collaboration with Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble. They stopped by MTPR to play a few songs and talk about their upcoming shows.

"The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" weaves together the traditions of the Catholic liturgy and classical choral singing with contemporary poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation.

Carol Barnett, the composer of the work says, "My highest hope is that listeners coming from one tradition—classical or bluegrass (and perhaps dubious about the other)—might discover something new and wonderful in the combination."

Monroe Crossing and Dolce Canto performed "A Bluegrass Mass" at Carnegie Hall in 2013. Next year they'll take the show international, playing in Korea. Don't miss your chance to see this unique combination right here in your own backyard.

Upcoming shows:

Saturday, July 25, 7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Coeur d'Alene

Sunday, July 26, 4:00 p.m.,St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, St. Timothy's Memorial Chapel, Georgetown Lake

Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.  Snowbowl, Missoula

Here's Monroe Crossing warming up with a bluegrass standard before the interview.

John Arvish is a public school teacher, as well as host and producer of What I Like About Jazz, Muse's Jukebox, and Blues on the Move. He lives with his wife Carrie, their dog Sunny and cat Pokey and a smorgasbord of good music, theater, art and food.
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