The Rose Ensemble to sing ancient tunes at Hope College

The Great Performance Series at Hope College will feature The Rose Ensemble - presenting "Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians & Muslims' - at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Mar 29, 2011


Based in St. Paul, Minn. — and founded in 1996 by Jordan Sramek, the group’s artistic director — The Rose Ensemble creates performances of vocal music, connecting each individual to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity. Each presentation brings research from the world’s manuscript libraries to new audiences, brining forth centuries of rarely performed repertoire.

The program the ensemble is performing at Hope spans both faiths and generations. Centuries of dedication and folklore in the chapels, synagogues and courts of early Italy, Spain and Portugal produced music with rhythms that reverberated across the Mediterranean. In this program spanning four centuries of vocal and instrumental music, a diverse collection of Arab-Andalusian dances, Sephardic laments, Spanish “villancicos,” Hebrew chants and Galician spiritual “cantigas” come together in a fascinating exploration of language, culture and faith from a time that is not so different from the present.

Individual tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children age 18 and under; and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be called at 616-395-7890.



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