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Mortals & Angels

by VocalEssence & Monroe Crossing

It’s time for another mashup of Minnesota musical genres, as Minnesotan choral legends VocalEssence and bluegrass quintet Monroe Crossing team up for a new recording featuring gospel, bluegrass, and choral music.
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1. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Angel of God
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2. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Te Deum (feat. Minnetonka High School Treble Choir)
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3. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Who Makes the Sun to Rise?
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4. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Holier Than Thou
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5. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Idumea
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6. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Bad Days Are Coming (feat. Minnetonka High School Treble Choir)
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7. A Bluegrass Te Deum: We Don't Stay Afraid for Long
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8. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Down to the River
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9. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Jacob Wrestled with the Angel
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10. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Every Step to Heaven Is Heaven
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11. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Angels Hov’ring ’round (feat. Minnetonka High School Treble Choir)
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12. A Bluegrass Te Deum: Angel Band (feat. Minnetonka High School Treble Choir)
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13. Micah 6:8
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14. Into the Fire
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15. Unclouded Day
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16. Billy Was Talking Only to Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“The text of [Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum] flows with a natural ease, and the music is sincere and without any pretense. This is a winning combination…” Jeffrey Williams, New York Concert Review, Inc., New York, NY

It’s time for another mashup of Minnesota musical genres, as Minnesotan choral legends VocalEssence and bluegrass quintet Monroe Crossing team up for a new recording, Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum. The CD releases Dec. 1, 2017 on CDBaby.com and will also be available at VocalEssence Welcome Christmas concerts and Monroe Crossing performances.

Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum is an original work by Minnesota composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlain, and is an unexpected and engaging exploration of what happens to traditional religious choral forms when pushed in the direction of spirited folk storytelling. This new piece is a follow-up to a previous collaboration, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass from Barnett, Chamberlain, Monroe Crossing, and VocalEssence. The new CD will include songs by Monroe Crossing and two choral arrangements by Carol Barnett of original numbers by Monroe Crossing's Lisa Fuglie — music that premiered at the November 10, 2017 VocalEssence and Monroe Crossing concert, Bach & Bluegrass Jamboree.

“Our collaborations with the talented singers of VocalEssence and composer Carol Barnett have been so rewarding,” said Monroe Crossing’s Mark Anderson. “Our first work together, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, showed us how eager and receptive audiences could be to experiments with classical forms. Over the past decade, Monroe Crossing has performed the Bluegrass Mass more than 65 times with choirs across the nation—including a trip to Carnegie Hall in 2013 and a tour in South Korea in 2016. We are so excited to share Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum with an audience beyond those who can make it to our Bach & Bluegrass Jamboree concert.”

“Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum CD is a perfect project to build on the response we received from our groundbreaking work on Bluegrass Mass,” said Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence founder and artistic director. “The VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers have had a wonderful time infusing our style with the jubilant energy of bluegrass—it’s a true rush of energy to make these connections. We couldn’t create something this amazing and not make it available to a larger audience!”

Monroe Crossing is a Minnesota-based bluegrass and gospel quintet that has perfected its sound on 15 albums and many performance dates—including two at Carnegie Hall. Last year, the group became the first Minnesota bluegrass band to perform in South Korea. With five musicians all contributing their own passions to the group, Monroe Crossing has evolved an audience-pleasing blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals.

VocalEssence, called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts—and the choral ensemble that Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says “sings magnificently”—impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its initiative programs, contests, and support for innovative art. VocalEssence was founded in 1969 and has debuted more than 250 commissions and world premieres. For more information, visit vocalessence.org.

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