Classical music spotlight: Rose Ensemble

  • by: WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2013 - 2:56 PM

Thursday-next Sunday: For its annual candlelight concert, Rose Ensemble performs music of the “Sibyls of the Rhine,” a new program of medieval chant and polyphony from 13th-century Germany and France. Likely most well-known is the unearthly music and mystic poetry of Hildegard von Bingen, then a newly canonized abbess. Also included is a Gregorian Vespers service, along with poet-minstrel Frauenlob’s exquisite “Song of Songs.” To celebrate the ensemble’s 15th anniversary, there’s a revival of William Beckstrand’s “Tears of the Soul,” written for the ensemble in 1998. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Church of the Holy Cross, 1621 University Av. NE., Mpls.; 8 p.m. Fri., Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 1900 Wellesley Av., St. Paul; 8 p.m. Sat., Basilica of Saint Mary, 16th St. and HennepinAv. S., Mpls.; 7 p.m. next Sun., Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. 4th St., Duluth. $15-$37. 651-225-4340, www.roseensemble.org.)

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