SLC presents The Rose Ensemble on Nov. 1

Posted On October 21, 2015

The Rose Ensemble will take listeners on a musical journey through America’s folk, old-time and gospel traditions with its concert, “The Roots of Bluegrass” starting at 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Silver Lake College.

The concert, part of the Artist Music Series, will be held in Endries Hall at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, located on campus at 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Audience members will be treated to a program including Shaker music, Appalachian tunes, traditional American songs, Southern harmonies and Scottish melodies.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble, based out of St. Paul, Minn., has achieved an international reputation as a premier American early music ensemble.

Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, culture, politics and spirituality from around the globe.

The ensemble is named for a flower that bears substantial significance in the worlds of the sacred and secular, from ages past and in the contemporary world.

With 10 critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has performed for audiences across the United States and Europe with a repertoire spanning 1,000 years and more than 25 languages, including new research in European, Middle Eastern and American traditions.

The artists of The Rose Ensemble have received acclaim for their ability to perform both as an ensemble and as individual soloists. The ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and first prize winner in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Competition in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix).

Founder Sramek has been lauded for diverse programming and ground-breaking research. He received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America “for entrepreneurial zeal.”

The Rose Ensemble’s recent performance highlights include appearances at Early Music Now in Milwaukee; the University of Vermont Lane Series in Burlington, Vt.; California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; St. Quirinus Cathedral in Neuss, Germany; and the Misiones de Chiquitos Choral Festival in Bolivia.

The group can be heard regularly on American Public Media, the European Broadcasting Union, and NPR’s Performance Today.  

Tickets are: $18 for adults; $12 for seniors, 65 and older; $5 for children 5-18; and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets may be purchase by stopping at the Capitol Civic Centre box office, 913 S. Eighth St., Manitowoc, or by calling (920) 683-2184 or visiting