Rose Ensemble To Perform

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble, based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, will be performing a concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, at 7 p.m.

“Rose Ensemble is an early-music ensemble based in St. Paul,” said Falconer native, and ensemble member Alyssa Anderson.

According to the ensemble’s website, www.roseensemble.org, it was founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, 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 strive to connect each individual to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world.

Each season, the group illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on music, history, languages, politics and religion. With 11 commercial recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, ensemble has toured the U.S. and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in European, Middle Eastern and American traditions.

“The style of music is quite different and the style of singing can be different if you compare to composers like (Giacomo) Puccini, or (Richard) Wagner or 20th Century Music,” Anderson said.

Anderson, an alto, is in her fourth season singing with ensemble. She received her bachelor’s in performance from the SUNY Fredonia, and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Anderson added that there can be some aspects of the music that can be more challenging (than newer music).

“There can be some aspects of the music that can be more challenging (than newer music). We don’t know a lot about some of the music from hundreds of years ago. There are some written scores, but they can be pretty limited or you can have one part (written) and not know how the rest of it sounds. Putting some of this music together can be a bit of detective work, and can also involve making some thoughtful decisions on your own or as an ensemble.,” she said.

The concert is free to attend although an offering will be received.

Michael Zabrodsky contributed to this article.

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