The Rose Ensemble: Land of Three Faiths
"The Rose Ensemble ... restores [the works] as new creations." - Ames Life and Times
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Church of the Holy Angels, 1322 Brown Street
The three great Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - each are illuminated by a rich tapestry of musical work from past centuries.
Both faith and reason are intertwined in these musical traditions of ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians and Muslims. As sung by The Rose Ensemble, the critically acclaimed choral group based in St. Paul, Minnesota, these works transport listeners back to the Middle Ages. The program is the result of years of intensive research; at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, "Land of Three Faiths" traces the language, spirituality, and cultural exchange of these traditions. Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry.
Select the image at right to view a video of the Rose Ensemble in performance.