Showcase December 2014 - page 31

The
Rose Ensemble
, founded in 1996 by artistic director
Jordan Sramek
, maintains a busy schedule of performing,
recording and presenting community engagement activities, offering rarely heard repertoire from around the world. The
group’s programs are frequently based on centuries-old materials found in manuscript libraries, yet the compelling stories
they tell of culture and spirituality bring audiences fresh perspectives on music, history, languages, politics, religion and more.
New research is continually underway for the Rose Ensemble’s programs—which have featured music spanning 1,000 years,
sung in more than 25 languages and representing vocal traditions from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.
The Rose Ensemble, based in St. Paul, tours widely and is recognized internationally as a leader and innovator in choral
music. It has recently appeared as far afield as New York’s Trinity Wall Street Series, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.,
the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and St. Quirinus Cathedral in the ancient German city of Neuss, across the Rhine
from Düsseldorf. In 2012 the group served as
artists in residence at the Society for Biblical
Literature Conference, and earlier this year it
represented the U.S. at the International Festival
of Baroque Music, Misiones de Chiquitos, in
Bolivia. It received the 2005 Margaret Hillis
Award for Choral Excellence and took first place
in both secular and sacred categories at the 2012
Tolosa (Spain) International Choral Competition.
Sramek, lauded for his diverse programming and
ground-breaking research, was the 2010 recipient
of the Chorus America Louis Botto Award for
Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal.
This concert marks the Rose Ensemble’s first-ever
collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra. For
more information, visit roseensemble.org.
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DECEMBER 2014 / ANNUAL REPORT MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
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Navidad en Cuba: Christmas in Havana Cathedral
George Frideric Handel
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon
ca.
4
Anonymous
Three Negrillas
ca.
3
Frasiquilla de Busanga
Esa noche yo baila
El Negro (“Para el órgano viejo”)
Anonymous/
Pastorella: Duérmete niño lindo
ca.
3
arr. Tom Zajac
Anonymous
Villancico: Señora doña Maria
ca.
3
Anonymous/
Gozos al Señor San José
ca.
5
arr. Craig Russell
Rafael Antonio Castellanos
Oygan una Xacarilla
ca.
4
Gaspar Fernandes
Xicochi conetzintle a5
ca.
2
Villancico: En un portalejo pobre
ca.
3
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sarabande and Polonaise, from Suite No. 2 in B minor for Orchestra
ca.
6
Francisco Corselli
Dixit Dominus
ca.
7
Photo: Michael Haug Photography
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