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What is the repertoire for this concert?

The music for this concert follows a number of the musical strands that came together to create bluegrass music. 

The roots of bluegrass music is from the British Isles.  The concert will open with five folk songs from there (predecessors to bluegrass ballads) arranged by three of the British musical greats of early/mid-20th century.

Early One Morning English Folk Song Arr. Sir David Willcocks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9C0zrKGCyM

I Love My Love Cornish Folk Song Arr. Gustav Holst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kwltJry8Pg

Yarmouth Fair Norfolk Folk Tune Arr. Warlock/Gibbs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvijPJseqfA

The Turtle Dove English Folk Song Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygOVV_4tyhw

Bobby Shaftoe Scottish Folk Song Arr. Sir David Willcocks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unzOKFYA6YE

The concert then moves to America.  In the late 1800s, travelling string bands (the predecessors to bluegrass bands) where influenced by, and adopted, many of the great mid-western hymns.  The Choristers will present four of them.

American Songs – Heavenly Home Arr. Shawn Kirchner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUc_9Otboxs

1.   Unclouded Day

2.   Angel Band

3.   Hallelujah

The Promise of Living Aaron Copland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOgZ3qRYWfI


There has been a resurgence of interest in bluegrass music as a result of O Brother Where Art Thou.  The sound track brought together many of the bluegrass greats in the country.  One of them was Alison Krauss who sang the iconic Southern Baptist hymn Down In The River To Pray in the movie.  The choir will present that hymn as arranged by the Artistic Director of The Choristers, David Spitko.


The second half of the concert is Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass accompanied by the DePue Brothers Band.



For more information about the repertoire, click on this link: Director’s Commentary.


What can you tell me about The DePue Brothers Band?

Fiddle: Wallace DePue, Jr.; Banjo: Bennett Sullivan; Guitar: Kevin Hanson; Mandolin: Jason DePue and String Bass: Kevin MacConnell

The core of the band is made up of siblings, classically trained and with more awards between them than it’s possible to list.  Wallace is a former assistant concertmaster and acting concertmaster of the Philly Pops while Jason is a member of the first violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra.  That’s a lot of musical firepower already, but add to the ensemble Bennett (who recently completed a four month run as a banjo and guitar player for Steve Martin's “Bright Star” at the Cort Theater on Broadway), Kevin Hanson (whose professional engagements include performances and recordings with The Roots, Jay Z, Usher, Jill Scott, Huffamoose, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia) and esteemed bassist Kevin MacConnell (faculty member of the University of the Arts who has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme and subbed in Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Philly Pops), and what you get is a unique, high energy take on bluegrass music.

What is unique about the DePue Brothers Band is that they all are classically trained.  The overwhelming number of bluegrass players (like jazz players) do not read music notation.  Rather, they work from a chart with a melody line and the chord structure.  To accompany a choir for The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, the bluegrass band must be able to read music.  The DePue Brothers Band fits that need perfectly.

Who will be the soloists?

Soprano Carole Latimer:  Biography http://www.eastern.edu/node/3226

Tenor Lawrence Jones:  Biography http://robertgilder.co/lawrence-jones/

How long will the concert last?

The concert will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.  This includes a 15-minute intermission.

What are the ticket prices?

Adult is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Senior Citizen (fixed income or 65 and above; whichever applies) is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  College and High School Students are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.  Children under high school age are admitted free.

Is there a discount for groups?

Unfortunately no.  With dwindling governmental and corporate support for the arts, the choir does not have the fiscal ability to offer group discounts for the concert.

How do I get tickets?

If you want to order tickets online, click here.  If you want to order tickets without giving your credit card information, please e-mail the choir at Info@TheChoristers.org providing your name and telephone number.  The choir's Treasurer will contact you.  Another option is to call 215-542-7871.

Is there any reserved seating?

No.  Seating is general admission.

Is the performance space handicapped accessible?

Yes.  There are no steps between the parking area and the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church.  If wheelchair seating is needed, please contact the choir at Info@TheChoristers.org so it can be arranged.  Parts of the sanctuary have moveable chairs.  The choir will create the space for wheelchair seating.

Will there be refreshments available during intermission?

Yes.  Homemade baked goods and water will be for sale during Intermission.

Will there be another plant sale?

Yes!  For our 11th annual plant sale, at the concert the choir will be selling various varieties of geraniums ($6 for 1, 3 for $15/plant), organic tomato plants ($10 for 1, $18 for 2, $25 for 3 ($5 per plant thereafter) and organic sweet pepper plants ($10/plant).


For directions to Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, click here.