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The Rose Ensemble opens Artist Music Series

Posted On September 08, 2017

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MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College will open its Artist Music Series with a concert by The Rose Ensemble at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. 

Called “Il Poverello: The Life and Legacy of St. Francis of Assisi,” the inspiring program honors St. Francis, the patron saint of Silver Lake College. The concert marks the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, celebrated on Oct. 4 each year.

This joyful program takes a musical journey across the rustic countryside of Umbria and Tuscany to the spectacular churches of Florence and Rome. The concert features centuries of hymns, dances and vocal compositions, as well as early Italian-language spiritual songs and light-hearted readings about or written by St. Francis himself.

The St. Paul, Minnesota-based ensemble was founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, who has been lauded for his innovation and excellence. Through virtuosic artistry and scholarly research, the group produces imaginative and inspiring musical performances and educational programs that connect listeners to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world.

The Rose Ensemble tours regularly and has performed for audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America with repertoire spanning more than 1,000 years and 25 languages, including recent unique programs highlighting Maltese, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern and Cuban repertoire.

In July, The Rose Ensemble represented the U.S. at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain, and also performed as part of the prestigious Festival des Choeurs Laureats in Vaison-la-Romaine, France.

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

Cost for the concert at Silver Lake College is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (55 and older), $5 for students (5-18).

For tickets, call 920-686-6274 or visit: sl.edu/tickets.