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Contemporary pop meets traditional church as Albion College's Concert Choir presents Robert Ray's "Gospel Mass" for their annual spring concert, Sunday April 5 at 4 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel on campus.

The Gospel Mass is a setting of the ‘ordinary’ of the mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) incorporating popular music performance practices.  Besides using pop inflections, singers ornament vocal lines in a pop improvisational style. The choir is accompanied by Lia Jensen-Abbott on piano, Marc Haugen on electric bass, and Dustin Goodnight on drums.

"It's been fun to see the students bring their own personal knowledge and experience with this style of singing to the performance of the Gospel Mass," said Albion's choral music director Douglas Rose. "This kind of 'first-hand experience' makes for a very convincing and authentic performance.  I think the audience will really like this piece and the way we sing it."

Also featured in the Choral Concert are the Women's Chorus under the direction of Karen TenBrink and the Briton Singers, under Rose's direction.

This performance is free and open to the public. For current concert information go to www.albion.edu/music or contact the Albion College Music Department at 517/629-0481 or .