Gustavus Presents the Rose Ensemble’s Roots of Bluegrass Tour

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by

The Rose Ensemble, Jordan Sramek, artistic director

The Rose Ensemble, Jordan Sramek, artistic director

Moving from their traditional repertoire to the traditional music of America, The Rose Ensemble of St. Paul is opening its 8th annual greater Minnesota concert tour, The Roots of Bluegrass, A Journey through America’s Folk, Old-time, and Gospel Traditions, with a Gustavus Artist Series presentation on Thursday, October 3 in Christ Chapel. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available in advance through or by calling 507-933-7590 or on the day of the concert at the door.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind, and lifts the spirit. The Saint Paul, Minnesota group tours annually in Minnesota and internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions. The ensemble’s 2013 greater Minnesota concert tour is an exploration of the traditional music of America from rousing hymns and Appalachian foot-stomping songs, to southern harmony shape-note singing and Shaker spirituals. It is the music that gave birth to bluegrass and includes close vocal harmonies with banjo, guitar and fiddle. It is the music of America.

Thursday’s performance at Gustavus’s Christ Chapel is sponsored by the Gustavus Artist Series 42nd season of bringing world-class artists to the campus in St. Peter, Minnesota. Tickets for The Roots of Bluegrass by The Rose Ensemble are available in advance through or by calling 507-933-7590. Tickets will also be for sale at the door on the night of the concert. The concert will begin on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel.


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