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Artists Series to present The Rose Ensemble

RELEASED: Nov. 29, 2010

The Rose Ensemble photoEAU CLAIRE — The Rose Ensemble will perform the music of a Spanish Renaissance Christmas Dec. 6 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Founded in 1996 and based in St. Paul, Minn., The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind and lift the spirit. The ensemble illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world's manuscript libraries and offering fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion and world cultures and traditions. With nine critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has performed across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and more than 25 languages, including new material in the Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.

In "La Nochebuena," The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and hurdy-gurdy, Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this season, The Rose Ensemble received the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and placed first in the sacred music category at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain. The group has been selected to represent the United States at the World Symposium on Choral Music in August 2011.

Praised for "an almost supernatural blend of voices" (Early Music America Magazine), The Rose Ensemble is also acclaimed for its ability to sing as soloists. The group is heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union (most notably with annual Christmas broadcasts) and has been featured in special live broadcasts on Radio France, Chicago Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio and National Public Radio's "Performance Today."

The Rose Ensemble's latest recording, "Il Poverello" (2009), is a diverse collection of medieval and Renaissance music for Saint Francis of Assisi.

"Cookies for a Cause," an Artists Series initiative to spotlight nonprofit community organizations, continues. Cookies made especially for the program by Blugold Dining will be sold ($2, cash only) at The Rose Ensemble concert, with profits going to benefit the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. Located in downtown Eau Claire, the organization provides health services, medication and advocacy for community members who have no health care alternative. The clinic staff comprises six individuals whose hours are equivalent to three full-time positions, and more than 200 people from medical and non-medical backgrounds donate their time and talent to the clinic's cause.

Tickets are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, or $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets for students are half-price, $3.50, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student-ticket price.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard, Visa or Discover when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The Artists Series also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

The Rose Ensemble is additionally supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, General Mills Foundation and Land O'Lakes Foundation.

The Artists Series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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