Off the Page: The Rose Ensemble
Founded in 1996, The Rose Ensemble unites virtuosic artistry and scholarly research to produce imaginative and inspiring musical programs that connect each individual to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world. The Rose Ensemble’s repertoire, spanning over 1,000 years and 25 languages, brings to life rarely heard music from archives and manuscript libraries across the globe.
About the Concert
The year is 1618 and a mythical gathering of Milanese Benedictines is about to take place. Virtuosic compositions by local nuns are intermingled with medieval plainchant and Renaissance motets of the Cassinese monks of Saint Simpliciano. Music is shared and communities are welcomed. Over five centuries of music exploring St. Benedict’s Rule of unconditional hospitality is featured in this original program, researched and created by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek. In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Rose Ensemble will highlight music by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Caterina Assandra (1590-1618), and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602-1678), as well as a new work honoring St. Scholastica by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis.