Fresh from a performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Missoula’s Dolce Canto brings its “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” to the home crowd March 5.

The a capella singing group will join nationally known Bluegrass artists Monroe Crossing and the Montana State University Chorale to present the work at 7:30 p.m. in St. Anthony Church, 217 Tremont St. The work by composer Carol Barnett combines traditions of the Catholic liturgy and choral singing with contemporary poetry and bluegrass instrumentation.

“The piece has really taken the choral world by storm since it was released a couple years ago,” Park said of “A World Beloved.” “The text itself is a combination of traditional liturgy, with a Gloria and Kyrie mixed with contemporary poetry. There’s lots of adventurous harmony, but in lots of places you want to tap your toes. The Sanctus kind of feels like a hoe-down.”

The MSU Chorale opens the show with a program of Palestrina, Mozart, Eric Whitacre, Z. Randall Stroope and others. Monroe Crossing was named in honor of bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, and has released 11 CDs in addition to its more than 1,250 concert appearances in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Dolce Canto was invited to the Carnegie Hall performance through the Distinguished Concerts International New York City organization. It spent five days in New York rehearsing with musicians from 11 other states in a mass choir.

Tickets cost $18 for adults and$15 for students. They are available at Fact and Fiction, Rockin Rudy’s or the choir’s website

Reporter Rob Chaney can be reached at 523-5382 or at

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