World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert with the Grinnell Oratorio Society and Grinnell Singers at Sebring-Lewis Hall on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. This event is open to the public
The 90 singers of the combined ensembles will be performing "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by Minnesota composer Carol Barnett. This inventive piece brings the solemnity of the classical-based Mass together with the down-home sparkle of bluegrass. Reviewers have hailed this unusual crossover work as a great success. In addition to the "Bluegrass Mass" Monroe Crossing will perform selections on their own, and the Oratorio Society will perform Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs" with the Ardore String Quartet from Iowa City.
Named in honor of bluegrass singer Bill Monroe, 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 an audience favorite. Fiddler and lead singer Lisa Fuglie says, "We all share a love for bluegrass music and for performing on stage. We appreciate every audience, large or small, and understand that we're there for them, not the other way around."
Since the year 2000, Monroe Crossing has released 11 CDs and a live concert DVD, and has made more than 1,250 concert appearances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The group has also received a number of awards, including Best Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association's 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet. In 2007, they were selected as an Official Showcase Band at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Convention in Nashville, and later that year, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
Sebring-Lewis Hall is located in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.
Monroe Crossing (left to right): Derek Johnson, guitar; Matt Thompson, mandolin; David Robinson, banjo; Lisa Fuglie, fiddle; Mark Anderson, bass. Photographer: Jamey Guy