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The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

The concert is an annual concert, and part of the Festival Arts Series, taking place at 6pm, March 25th, Palm Sunday evening, as a beginning to Holy Week. This year we have chosen to perform The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by esteemed American composer, Carol Barnett. This piece is very unique in that it combines the formal latin choral mass with the country sounds of bluegrass music. The piece is accompanied by upright bass, banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Ms. Barnett states "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.

Growing up in rural Louisiana, bluegrass was a part of my life from an early age. Continuing my education in choral music has shaped my career path. This piece is an obvious fit for me as a conductor and has become a favorite of all who are participating. I know that you will find something both musically and spiritually that speaks to you. The librettist, Marisha Chamberlain, says: "In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us, says John in the Gospel, which launches our Bluegrass Mass as an earthy, immediate story of love between Creator and creation." As we begin Holy Week there is no greater time to remember this incredible love that has shaped the story of Creation from the beginning of time and continues to shape our story even today.

Please join us March 25th at 6 pm,  Palm Sunday evening as we begin Holy Week with this truly special concert

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