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THE ROSE ENSEMBLE: American Roots – Harmonies that Shaped a Nation
March 22 , 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Rose Ensemble
Jordan Sramek, Founder/Artistic Director
Soprano: Kristina Boerger ♦ Mezzo-soprano: Alyssa Anderson (jaw-harp) ♦ Tenor: Bradley King, Jordan Sramek ♦ Bass: Eric Bartlett, Daniel Mahraun
David Burk (guitar, mandolin, gourd banjo); Josh Schwalbach (bass); Ginna Watson (fiddle)
With Dan Chouinard (accordion, guitar, vocals) ♦ Luke Pickman (flute, recorder, guitar, percussion)
Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek and now in its 23rd and final performance season, The Rose Ensemble is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota and enjoys a full schedule of performing, recording, and outreach.
Through virtuosic artistry and scholarly research, the group produces imaginative and inspiring musical performances and educational programs that connect each individual to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world. Each season, the group illuminates several centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on music, history, languages, politics, religion, and more. With eleven critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, The Rose Ensemble has thrilled audiences across the United States, Europe, and Latin America with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including recent unique programs highlighting Maltese, German, Italian, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern, and Cuban repertoire.
Recognized as a leader and innovator in the world-wide vocal music scene, The Rose Ensemble tours regularly. Recent appearances include the World Symposium on Choral Music (Barcelona), Festival des Choeurs Lauréats (Provençe), and several performances across Germany. Other concerts included Sackville Early Music Festival (New Brunswick), Acadia University (Nova Scotia), the National Gallery, Cornell University, Luther College, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Princeton University, Houston Early Music, Chautauqua Institution, Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, and the Madison Early Music Festival. In 2014, The Rose Ensemble was chosen to represent the United States at the international Baroque music festival Misiones de Chiquitos in Bolivia, and later that year made its debut performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. The group can be heard regularly on American Public Media, the European Broadcasting Union, and NPR’s Performance Today.
Mr. Sramek is the recipient of Chorus America’s 2010 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action & Entrepreneurial Zeal. The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and took first place in both secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa (Spain) Choral Competition. This past October, the group was awarded Early Music America’s 2018 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach.