ON TOUR: American Roots

Harmonies that Shaped a Nation

In this journey across centuries of folk, spiritual, and cultural traditions, audiences witness the evolution of American musical heritage. From the British Isles came ballads, hymns, fiddle tunes, and country dances that would shape new traditions in the hills of Appalachia, the dance halls of Boston, and the Shaker villages of Kentucky and New York. Four-part harmony spilled out of country churches and became the musical foundation for causes both religious and political, as anti-slavery meetings, tent revivals, and even Presidential campaigns all found power in the marriage of catchy melodies and memorable rhymes.
Meanwhile, vocal lines brewed and bubbled throughout the 19th century, giving birth to what would become Bluegrass and Old-Time Gospel music, with tunes like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” and the “Sweet By and By.” The Rose Ensemble’s engaging stage presence, diverse singing styles, and impressive array of folk and classical instruments provide concertgoers with a bountiful harvest of over 300 years of American harmony - all lovingly woven together through story, song, and plenty of foot stomping!
2016-2017 Performances:

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Wed Jan. 11, 2017
St. Paul Central Library
90 W. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN 
Fri Feb. 10, 2017
Tufts University, Distler Hall
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 
Sat Feb. 11, 2017
The Center at Eagle Hill
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 

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Sun Apr. 23, 2017
FREE (ages 22 and under)
First Southern Baptist Church

Hemet, CA 
Sun May. 7, 2017
Landmark Center
75 W. 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 





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