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Mortals & Angels

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the DCINY Premiere Project

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International 

Bluegrass represents one of the most American, down home, traditions of American musical culture. From Bill Monroe to the Steep Canyon Rangers, bluegrass has been a staple of our culture.Through this project, we aim to preserve these grand traditions and bring about a new work focused on introducing new audiences to the bluegrass choral world and beyond. Following the acclaimed success of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, dynamic duo Chamberlain and Barnett are teaming up again to bring you a follow up masterwork- Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum.

Partially commissioned by DCINY, this work will receive its World Premiere at Carnegie Hall on January 25, 2016. Featuring a classical chorus of 300 voices including a treble choir, this new work aims to employ the traditional bluegrass style within the context of classical structure. The text will include direct passages from ancient scripture and contemporary prayer. 

The DCINY Premiere Project would like to thank the following Official Kickstarter supporters for their help in making this project become a reality.

Lee Thomas
Marvin Balamut
Detroit Lakes Shakespeare
Max Shinn
Sage Lewis
Kevin Taylor
Charles Schwartz
Amy Zellmer
David T Schaller
Yvonne Cheek
Zack Baltich
Julie Webb
Pat O'Keefe
Jocelyn Hagen
Benji Flaming
Claudia Graebel Beermann
Hannah Texler
Joy Benn
Linda Shapiro
Derek Johnson
Steve Bye
Warren Park
Alice Sather
Kasey Payette
Jo Seton
Clara and Darryl Muggli-Toyloy
Kathleen Palmer
Jamie Kirsch
Amy Anderson
Mary Jane Jatko
Dr. Deborah Fletcher
Janis Weller
Kim Ryan
Michael Chamberlain
Rachel Trelstad-Porter
Lisa Q Steinberg
Michael Reid Winikoff
Jesus Maria Alvarez
The Music Angels
Claire Givens & Andrew Dipper
David Myers
Roxane Harvey Gudeman
Lesley Atwood
Janice Robbins
Louise Mundinger
Alyssa Anderson
Karen Koepp
Kay and Mike McCarthy
A. Eric Heukeshoven
Kathi Wilson-Massey
Nancy Menk
Mary E. Youngquist
Rebekah Vieira
Camille Lee
Lesley Atwood and Rick Smith
Ian Good
Diamond Carolyn
John McWilliams
John T. Fernandez
Jane Hovland
Bill Spinelli & Karen Moore
Todd Boss
Robert Pontious
Janice & Donald Shoultz
Jack and Linda Hoeschler
Warren Zaffke
Katharine Allen
Mina Fisher and Fritz Nelson
Debbie Bloom

Also Featuring:

Penelope Shumate, Soprano

Krysty Swann, Mezzo-Soprano

Yungbae Yang, Tenor

Jeremy Milner, Bass

Participating Groups

Bay Port High School Concert Choir

Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble and Parish Choir of St. Stephen''s Episcopal Church - Edina, MN

Deer Creek Chorale

Fallston High School Concert Choir

La Crosse Chamber Chorale

New York City Children's Chorus at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

North Oldham High School Choir

St. Augustine Chamber Singers

Greeneville High School Advanced Chorus

Special Guests

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Carol Barnett & Marisha Chamberlain

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Dailey & Vincent

Artist's Name

Luigi Salerni

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Jay Disney

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Linda Powell