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Marshall University Chorus to Perform a Bluegrass Mass Nov. 11

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Don RigsbyHuntington, WV -- The Marshall University Chorus will present The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. The performance will feature well-known bluegrass performer Don Rigsby and Friends.

Robert Wray, assistant professor of choral music education and director of the chorus, said the work fuses the solemnity of the classically based mass with the energy and excitement of bluegrass music.

Wray emphasized the unique opportunity this performance will offer.

"Audience members will hear bluegrass and choral music in a completely different way in this piece," Wray said. "We are challenging two potentially different sects of music enthusiasts to come and enjoy the unique marriage of these two very different musical styles."

For students, it's an opportunity to perform with a professional ensemble in a genre that may not be familiar.

"Don Rigsby used to teach at Morehead State and we have an established relationship with them," Wray said. "One of my students, Jordan Henry, actually recommended Mr. Rigsby, so I did a little research and he seemed like a good fit for this endeavor."

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