The Rose Ensemble

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Recordings Overview



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“...they sing and play with a lusty ease that blows the dust off old music.”

-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal


A Toast to Prohibition: All-American Songs of Temperance and Temptation

A delightful look at the history and humor behind America’s longstanding love/hate relationship with the saloon. Featuring the songs and stories of 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, old-time gospel, ragtime, Victorian parlor songs, 1920s anti-Prohibition tunes, and one of Irving Berlin’s best show-stoppers, it’s The Rose Ensemble like you’ve never heard before!  40-page booklet contains extensive program notes, historical photos, full-color images, and a link to an exclusive webpage featuring bonus tracks and complete lyrics.    More >

Il Poverello: Medieval & Renaissance Music for Saint Francis of Assisi

A delightful collection of over 300 years of vocal and instrumental music highlighting the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi. The result of three years of scholarly research, this recording features a generous helping of medieval Italian instrumental dances (played on bagpipes, rebec, vielle, harp, recorder, pipe, and several percussion instruments), as well as early Italian-language spiritual and processional songs, lush choral motets from the Venetian School, and soaring plainchant written in honor of one history’s most beloved saints.  More >

And Glory Shone Around: Early American Carols, Country Dances, Southern Harmony Hymns and Shaker Spiritual Songs

Early American vocal and instrumental music, which features Shaker hymns, Colonial anthems, country dances, shape-note hymns from The Southern Harmony and The Original Sacred Harp, and a variety of 19th-century spiritual songs featuring the close harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass and old-time music. More >

Nā Mele Hawai'i: A Rediscovery of Hawaiian Vocal Music

A journey through Hawai’i‘s musical heritage – steeped in tradition, transformed by worldwide influences and reborn through the struggle to carry the past into the present. An artistic legacy that looks and sounds nothing like a stereotype.  More >

Rosa das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria & Other Spiritual Songs for the Virgin

Centuries of dedication and folklore in the chapels and courts of early Italy, Spain and Portugal produced music with rhythms that reverberated across the Mediterranean. In this recording spanning three centuries of vocal and instrumental music, a diverse collection of lyric poetry, dances, Italian spiritual songs, and Galician-Portuguese Cantigas de Santa Maria tell of the Virgin’s sometimes-humorous, always-incredible miracles.  More >

Celebremos el Niño: Christmas Delights from the Mexican Baroque

Early Mexican music resounds in this joyful program featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and villancicos from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. Accompanied by lively percussion, viola da gamba andvihuela da mano, solos and choruses burst forth in this holiday recording that’s anything but typical!  More >

Fire of the Soul: Choral Virtuosity in 17th-Century Russia & Poland

Dazzling Eastern European polyphony featuring the antiphonal glory of Polish Renaissance composer Mikolaj Zielenski, the strength of the Russian Orthodox Liturgy with 12-part writing from Baroque master Vasily Titov, and our commissioned “hit,” Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia, by Minnesota composer, Sergey Khvoshchinskiy.  More >

The Road to Compostela

Chant and polyphony from the 12th-century manuscript Codex Calixtinus along with new music written specially for The Rose Ensemble by Minnesota composers Victor Zupanc and J. David Moore. Truly some of the most virtuosic medieval vocal music ever written and some of the most beautiful music we’ve commissioned.  More >

Slavic Holiday: Legends from Ancient Bohemia and Poland

A rich Eastern European repertoire featuring music from medieval and Renaissance Poland and Bohemia, including motets from the Prague manuscript Codex Specialnik, and several lovely spiritual songs extolling the virtues of various Slavic saints and heroes.  More >

Seasons of Angels: Harmony of the Spheres

Demonstrating the ensemble’s ability to sing as individual soloists as well as a splendidly blended choir, this disc features beautiful spiritual songs of Hildegard von Bingen, motets from Renaissance Spain by Francisco Guerrero, and various Gregorian chants for the feast of the Assumption and the Holy Mass of the Angels.  More >


Coming Up

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Sat April 26 Bolivia Festival Performance
Ascencion de Guarayos
Sun April 27 Bolivia Festival Performance
Tue April 29 Bolivia Festival Performance
Santa Cruz
Sun June 8 Gregorian Vespers
Sun June 8 Gregorian Vespers
St. Paul