The 60 member Sonoran Desert Chorale will be joined by the Arizona bluegrass band, Run Boy Run, for its upcoming March concert titled, “Come To The Meetin’.”
Performances take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.SonoranDesertChorale.org or by calling 480-305-4538.
Winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition and guests on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, Run Boy Run will bring its unique sound to the Chorale’s performance of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” plus a selection of early American hymns and folk songs.
An additional concert highlight will be Run Boy Run presenting songs from its recent CD release.
“To bring the solemnity of the classical choir-based mass together with the down-home sparkle of bluegrass — now there’s an assignment. My highest hope is that listeners coming from one tradition-classical or bluegrass-and perhaps dubious about the other, might discover something new and wonderful in the combination, as I have,” reflected Mass composer Carol Barnett.
“For The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” Ms. Barnett, along with librettist Marisha Chamberlain, combined the classical mass with modern choral sophistication, touching poetry and conventional bluegrass instrumentation to create an exhilarating musical experience.
Run Boy Run is from Tucson and were tagged by Paste magazine as “One of the Top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” The band consists of brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen.
The Sonoran Desert Chorale was founded in 1994 and is led by Music Director Jeff Harris. Since its inception, the group has become a highly regarded and sophisticated choral organization, presenting musical compositions from cultures around the globe as well as important pieces from the European and American music traditions.
The Chorale was selected to appear at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Go to www.SonoranDesertChorale.org.
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