The Rose Ensemble

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Touring Concerts


 (Live at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ/Great Leap Productions)

The Rose Ensemble is an award-winning ensemble that tours locally, nationally, and internationally year-round presenting critically-acclaimed concert performances of rarely heard historical music from around the globe. Please explore our current roster of touring concert programs detailed below. For concert bookings, please contact RILE AND GALLANT ARTISTS: Tom Gallant – 845-691-4960 (MCM Arts & Entertainment) or Joanne Rile – 215-885-6400

Current Touring Programs


Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims

The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.  More >

The Roots of Bluegrass: A Journey through America's Folk, Old-time, and Gospel Traditions

The Rose Ensemble presents some of its most popular music in this joyful program featuring ballads, dances, hymns and anthems. Witness a musical evolution as our singers and instrumentalists journey through the dance halls of Boston, to Shaker villages and the hills of Appalachia, exploring the harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass. More >

And Glory Shone Around: Carols, Country Dances, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Available Each Winter Holiday Season Vocal and instrumental music, featuring Shaker hymns, Colonial anthems, country dances, shape-note hymns, and spiritual songs that gave birth to bluegrass and old-time music. Perfect for winter and Christmastide. Technical information: Almost any space can work for this performance. Venues with reverberant acoustics will give greater emphasis to the choral works, while more intimate spaces will highlight the quicker tempi, foot-stomping and various instruments. More >

Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland, and Bohemia

We invite you to visit these ancient places and more, where mysterious chants, joyful hymns and magnificent choral works are mingled with tales of folk heroes. Slavic Wonders includes stunning 12-part Baroque motets from the Russian Orthodox tradition, medieval Latin chants for Slavic saints and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance. With repertoire and a stage presence hailed by presenters and audiences as ethereal and captivating, and a vocal blend and range called “supernatural” by the critics, The Rose Ensemble has presented this program to capacity crowds across the U.S. and Europe.  More >

Il Poverello: Exploring the Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi

A journey across the rustic countryside of Umbria and Tuscany to the spectacular churches of Florence and Rome. This joyful program features centuries of hymns, dances, and motets, as well as early Italian-language spiritual songs and light-hearted readings by and about Francis himself. Special guest artist Isacco Colombo, joins us all the way from Italy to lend his sensational skills on medieval Italian bagpipes, shawm, fife and tabor. More >

Sibyls of the Rhine: St. Hildegard von Bingen and the Minstrel’s Song of Songs

Give in to the lush and contemplative sounds of a Gregorian Vespers service from the 13th-century Benedictine Abbey of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, while poet-minstrel Frauenlob’s exquisite “Song of Songs” meets the unearthly music and mystic poetry of the newly canonized Abbess and Doctor, Hildegard von Bingen.  This program of medieval chant and polyphony from Germany and France feature guest instrumentalists in 14th-century court music for recorder, slide trumpet, shawm, harp, and psaltery. More >

A Toast to Prohibition: Songs of Temperance and Temptation

Prohibition leaps onto the musical stage in this delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota’s long-standing love/hate relationship with the saloon. Semi-staged and fully costumed, this research-rich yet light-hearted performance features the songs and stories of Carrie Nation and 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, balanced by a full cup of good ol’ anti-Prohibition songs. Projections of historical photos and narration from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby complement the show, as our performers skip and prance to Victorian waltzes, croon 1920s jazz, launch into Irish reels, ragtime, and gospel, and belt out some of Irving Berlin’s best show-stoppers! Whether your preference is lager or lemonade, you’ll learn about important events that shaped our region’s history. With entertainment that could make even the Purity Squad merry, this home-grown program features old-time songs like Sweet By and By and Brighten the Corner, with plenty of sing-a-longs!  More >

Additional Information

Included in programming and fees:

  • One full-length concert performance (90-120 minutes)
  • One master-class, workshop, or lecture demonstration of up to two hours (schedule permitting)
  • Air and ground transportation and meals

Presenters are asked to provide:

  • Accommodations for one or two nights, depending on scheduling, (5-6 double rooms and 1-2 single rooms)

Educational outreach activities for each program are available upon request.

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