Rose Ensemble to perform St. Francis of Assisi program Oct. 6

Sept. 21, 2011  

The Rose Ensemble will perform Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

The appearance by the Rose Ensemble is part of Luther's 2011-12 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.

The Rose Ensemble is well-known for its unique and distinctive programs. The October program, titled "Il Poverello: Exploring the Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi," honors St. Francis of Assisi, the beloved medieval saint of animals and ecology, through hymns, dances, motets, early Italian spiritual songs, and richly entertaining readings.

The performance features guest artist Isacco Colombo from Italy playing medieval Italian bagpipes, shawm, fife and tabor. The program is illuminated by 12 voices, harp, riqq, dumbek, hurdy gurdy, psaltery, and recorder. 

The Rose Ensemble was founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek. The St. Paul, Minn., group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions.

The Rose Ensemble was a recipient of the Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2005 and first-prize winner at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain. Sramek received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America "for entrepreneurial zeal."

Upcoming performances in the 2011-12 Center Stage Series include Paul Taylor Dance Company on Nov. 3 and Caroline Worra on Nov. 17.

To learn more about upcoming performances in the series, visit the center stage website at

The Rose Ensemble, photo by Michael Haughires