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Salisbury Singers present ‘The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass’

Telegram & Gazette Staff

“The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” written in 2006 by composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlin, has been described as “a brilliant and exhilarating blend of the classical Mass, modern choral sophistication, insightful poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation.” Brad Dumont, associate conductor of the Salisbury Singers who will lead the choral ensemble in a performance of the work March 1, said, “Our primary focus in this concert is to enjoy singing — and allow you to enjoy it too. The wonderful nature of these bluegrass tunes allows for a feeling of familiarity as you listen, even if you have never heard them before.” The Salisbury Singers will be joined by Boston Bluegrass Band, a group of students from New England Conservatory. The program will also include several popular bluegrass tunes set for choir such as “Shady Grove” and the beautiful Appalachian “Shenandoah.”

What: “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” — The Salisbury Singers

When: 4 p.m. March 1

Where: First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester

How much: $25; $22 seniors: $10 students with ID.

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