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Monroe Crossing at Carnegie Hall Feb 18

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<Monroe CrossingMonday, February 18, 2013, Presidents' Day, Bluegrass 57@7 will host Bluegrass Music's Monroe Crossing as part of their program. The concerts will be held at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The program is part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York.

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.

Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals, frequently for non-bluegrass audiences - and people often comment that they'd never really liked bluegrass music until they attended a Monroe Crossing concert!

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."

Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was selected to showcase at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention and they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The only bluegrass band ever nominated as "Artist of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA), Monroe Crossing won the 2003 MMA "Bluegrass Album of the Year" award. The group also took home four awards - for Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo - at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet.

Monroe Crossing has recorded 12 CDs to date, releasing not one but two albums in 2011. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth, they recorded an all-Monroe CD, "Monroe Crossing Plays the Music of Bill Monroe." Their most recent release is "Joy Joy Joy" showcasing the band's originality and reverence for the bluegrass Gospel tradition.

The "Bluegrass 57@7" program will include"

Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor, The Music of Pepper Choplin performing:

  • "Circle of Love" Emily Drennan, Soloist
  • "I'm Going Home"
  • "Sing! Shout! Praise!"
  • "Angels Are Making Their Rounds"
  • "Joy on the Mountain" with Sue Newton, Accompanist

Joseph Martin, Composer/Conductor, The Music of Joseph Martin performing:

  • "RiverSongs"
  • "In Endless Song"
  • "Hymn of Rising"
  • "Coming Home" from Legacy of Faith with Soloist Sue Martin
  • "Great, Great Morning"

Nancy Menk, Guest Conductor
Barnett: The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass
Marsiha Chamberlain, Librettist

Monroe Crossing are the Guest Artists featuring 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.
Selections scheduled are:

  1. Ballad Refrain
  2. Kyrie
  3. Ballad, First Verse
  4. Gloria
  5. Ballad, Second Verse and Refrain
  6. Credo
  7. Sanctus
  8. Ballad, Third and Fourth Verses and Refrain
  9. Agnus Dei
  10. Interlude: "Art Thou Weary?"
  11. Benediction
  12. Conclusion

Tickets are available at Carnegie Hall.

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International

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