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

Jul 24, 2015

This week Monroe Crossing will 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.