Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Bluegrass Mass at Presbyterian Church

Members of the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Paul Sanner of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW), rehearse "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by Carol Barnett. Credits: SM Dougherty

“It’s just what we need right now,” said Paul Sanner, the Music Director at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) about the upcoming musical presentation, “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” On Sunday, Oct. 29, at noon, the Chancel Choir will blend their voices at the historical sanctuary located at 140 Mountain Avenue at East Broad Street.

“The Mass of old texts coupled with new multiple-part choral writing is refreshing. That, combined in new ways with surprising instrumentation, will be inspiring for our congregation and the community at large,” Mr. Sanner explained.

Professional guest instrumentalists on banjo, mandolin, string bass, fiddle, guitar and piano will provide the unique accompaniment to the piece that uses the structure a traditional Mass.

Sign Up for E-News

Penned by Carol Barnett, and premiered in 2007, in her own words, she says its purpose is “to bring the solemnity of the classical-based Mass together with the down-home sparkle of bluegrass.” He saw it performed at the Berkshire Choral Festival in 2011. “I kind of filed it away but knew that one day I would like to have a choir present it,” he said.  

The church’s organist/music director, who has been with the Presbyterian Church in Westfield for almost a year, thinks of the work as a beautiful tapestry. “In this 40 - minute musical offering, we know there will be something to elevate each of us – musicians and audience alike,” Mr. Sanner said.

The October 29 free concert is open to the public and will only be a portion of the special day, Reformation Sunday. Wired4Worship, the church’s contemporary service held in the church’s Westminster Hall, will celebrate its 4th anniversary that day. After the 10 a.m. service, the entire church is invited to have light refreshments from 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. and then assemble in the Sanctuary to hear, “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.”

For more information about the upcoming event or the church in general, call 908-233-0301 or go online to their website at

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 13, 2018

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Cranford Endorses Colleen Mahr

February 19, 2018

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations--Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is beyond reproach.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Signs National Letter of Intent

February 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Mia Reyes of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge soccer star signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

February 20, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 02/14/2018 @ 2226 hrs.

Raritan Road and Coleman Avenue

Arrested: Kevin Johnson, 60, Plainfield

Arrested by: Jason D’Agostino

Charges: Possession of ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

Thu, February 22, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Calvary Lutheran Church Invites You to Mid-Week ...

Religions And Spirituality

Thu, February 22, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...