The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with Monroe Crossing

19 Feb 2012

4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines IA 50312


Plymouth United Church of Christ


3:00 p.m.

Presenting Organization/Ensemble:

The Plymouth Chancel Choir

Conductor/Keynote Speaker:

Sharon Parker-Lenihan

Brilliantly executed by composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlain, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass blends the classical mass, modern choral sophistication, touching poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation into an exhilarating musical experience.

"To bring the solemnity of the classical choir-based mass together with the down home sparkle of bluegrass—now there’s an assignment. 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, as I have. Composing the music for The World Beloved has given me the chance to write cheery sacred music— all too rare in a medium rife with staid and even lugubrious settings. And it’s brought me back to memories of music heard while visiting my grandparents, country music with a church flavor that told stories and came out of a scratchy old record player. Grandma would not have allowed dancing, but under the table I tapped my toes." 

--- Carol Barnett, Composer, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

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