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Bluegrass and choir combine in the genre-bending concert "American Roots: Grassical" 

Show to feature the DePue Brothers Band with the Key Chorale Chamber Singers this weekend.

Presented by Key Chorale January 6, 2020

The Key Chorale Chamber singers will present their fourth installment in their American Roots series on January 11-12 with American Roots: Grassical. The 7-member DePue Brothers Band joins the singers in a program from the hills of Appalachia to progressive bluegrass sounds of today. These classical violin virtuosos, with blazing bluegrass chops, have pioneered the term “grassical,” a vivid blend of bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz. They have been the subject of a PBS documentary, named “Musical Family of America” by presidential decree and released 3 acclaimed CDs. Experience a one-of-a-kind program taking our popular bluegrass concert onto a new set of tracks.

“This concert has become such an audience favorite that it is a challenge to keep raising the bar,” said Maestro Caulkins. “By adding such a polished ensemble like the DePue Brothers Band, along with brand new charts written especially for this concert, I am certain this will be an unforgettable experience.”

Hear contemporary and old-time bluegrass from the Wailin’ Jennys, Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs, to Flatts & ScruggsThe Foggy Mountain Boys and the immortal Ralph Stanley. Guest vocalist and audience favorite Madison Spahn, who joined us last year for American Roots: Digging Deeper, will be back again this year. 

The shows take place: Saturday, January 11, 4:00 PM at St. Boniface Episcopal Church (5615 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key); and Sunday, January 12, 4:00 PM at Venice Presbyterian Church (825 The Rialto, Venice).

Tickets are $30-$40. For tickets, go to keychorale.org or call the office at 941-921-4845.

Key Chorale, the Suncoast’s premier symphonic chorus, is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative programming, artistic excellence, educational outreach and service to the community. Key Chorale, led by Joseph Caulkins, produces high quality collaborative musical events that engage and enrich our community. This anniversary season is the biggest and boldest in Key Chorale’s history. Dynamic collaborations abound as they take you to unexpected places exploring almost every corner of choral music in unique one-of-a-kind concert experiences. Through dynamic collaborations with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, The Sarasota Ballet, The Venice Symphony, and The Circus Arts Conservatory, Key Chorale is able to create unforgettable programs that continue to push the boundaries of choral music.