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Monrow Crossing and the Harrison Chorus

May 5, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Monroe Crossing

Harrison Set To Offer Eclectic Musical Performance

When people think of bluegrass they don’t typically connect that style of music with a Latin mass. Yet on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Harrison School for the Arts, that’s exactly what concert-goers will hear. Pairing with the nationally-acclaimed bluegrass group, Monroe Crossing, the Harrison Choral department will conclude their concert season with a performance of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” Kris Ridgley, Director of Choral Music for Harrison, came up with this idea earlier in the year. “I approached Mr. Ward, the principal of Harrison, with the idea of doing this and we both thought what a wonderfully weird and ‘outside the box’ musical experience.”

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. In February 2013, the group made their New York City debut on the stage of Carnegie Hall; they’ve already been invited back to perform there later this year.

Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a very unique ensemble sound. They are Derek Johnson: guitar, lead & harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie: fiddle, mandolin, lead & harmony vocals; Matt Thompson: mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson: bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson: banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe so they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

The May 5 concert includes a musical set by the Harrison Chorus, a set of Monroe Crossing’s original music, and then the joint performance of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” blends the classical mass, modern choral sophistication, touching poetry, and traditional bluegrass instrumentation into an exhilarating musical experience. Typically only performed by the most advanced choirs, this piece is exactly the kind of challenge Ridgley was looking for. “There’s no question that it’s difficult music. I’m confident, however, that our students will rise to the occasion. The audience is in for a real treat,” Ridgley said.


May 5, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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