The last time I heard them, it was sacred classical. But the 40-voice community chorus of The Lyric Chorale is contemporary bluegrass for its spring concert, "Black Ties and Blue Grass." The concert will feature American music, including "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by Carol Barnett. Librettist Marisha Chamberlain described the mass as coming from both traditions of classical and bluegrass, a sacred classical choral tradition with sounds of banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. The Bowties, a Rochester a cappella group, will be special guests. The Lyric Chorale was founded in 2003 and is directed by Chrisanne Yule.
The Lyric Chorale performs Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis Church, 60 S. Main St., Pittsford. $12-$18. LyricChorale.org.