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A unique, one of a kind musical performance was showcased on Tuesday, March 4th at Cathedral of Christ the King, when the nationally acclaimed Monroe Crossing joined the UW-Superior Choirs for the regional premier of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.
Monroe Crossing is known to audiences nationally and abroad as powerhouses in the professional bluegrass and folk music scene. Celebrating their 14th year together, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Following the show, guests were invited to join all of the musicians for a reception at the Cathedral.
The UW-Superior Chamber Choir perfomed a powerful arrangement of Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and arrangements by Minnesotan composers Stephen Paulus and Craig Hella Johnson. Following these performances, Monroe Crossing shared a set of their own before joining the Acappella Choir for The Bluegrass Mass. Conductor Matthew J. Olson, visiting director of choirs at UW-Superior and the DSSO Chorus felt this was a one of a kind concert "I feel the Twin Ports is the ideal place for a performance of The Bluegrass Mass. Music fans here have a deep love for the power of folk song." Olson added, "Never before have classical and bluegrass music been so creatively interwoven than Carol Barnett's The World Beloved."
While a twanging banjo and an acappella choir seem to have little in common, renowned composer Carol Barnett wrote this one-of-a-kind composition for bluegrass band and classical choir because of her mutual love for both musical traditions.
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