The Rose Ensemble
From 13th century France to America’s Prohibition era, each program brings alive music from a specific time and place in an entertaining and artistic way. With music spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, the Ensemble has been lauded for enlightening audiences through meticulous research and artistry of the highest caliber. The Rose Ensemble also offers a variety of educational programs for students at all levels and regularly presents classes and lectures for the general public.
PERFORMANCES CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED:
• LAND OF THREE FAITHS: VOICES OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND MUSLIMS The result of years of intensive research and training, this program is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange.
• AND GLORY SHONE AROUND: EARLY AMERICAN HYMNS, BALLADS, AND SPIRITUAL SONGS Witness a musical evolution as our singers and instrumentalists journey through the dance halls of Boston, to Shaker villages and the hills of Appalachia, exploring the harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass.
• SLAVIC WONDERS: FEASTS AND SAINTS IN EARLY RUSSIA, POLAND, AND BOHEMIA You are invited to visit these ancient places and more, where mysterious chants, joyful hymns and magnificent choral works are mingled with tales of folk heroes.
• II POVERELLO: II Journey across the rustic countryside of Umbria and Tuscany to the spectacular churches of Florence and Rome.
• SIBYLS OF THE RHINE: ST. HILDEGARD VON BINGEN AND THE MINSTREL’S SONG OF SONGS Give in to the lush and contemplative sounds of a 13th-century Gregorian Vespers service, featuring guest instrumentalists.
• A TOAST TO PROHIBITION: SONGS OF TEMPERANCE AND TEMPTATION Prohibition leaps onto the musical stage in this delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota’s long-standing love/hate relationship with the saloon.
Founded in 1996 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Rose Ensemble performs vocal music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion and world cultures and traditions. With nine critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.
The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, first prize winner in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix). The group’s concerts and recordings have been called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “impassioned and brightly alive” (Choral Journal) and “engaging . .. satisfying” (Gramophone). Founder Jordan Sramek received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America “for entrepreneurial zeal.”
The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union (most notably with annual Christmas broadcasts) and was recently featured in special live broadcasts on Radio France, Chicago Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
The Rose Ensemble’s recent performance highlights include appearances at Certamen Coral de Tolosa (Tolosa Choral Contest, Spain), Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL), Willamette University (Salem, OR), Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (Tacoma, WA), Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Naples, FL), Early Music Now (Milwaukee, WI), and the Festival de Chiquitos (Bolivia).
The Ensemble has released 10 recordings to date.