Posted at 8:00 PM on November 5, 2007
by John Birge
Big kudos to the Rose Ensemble!
This Twin Cities early music group is touring Spain, giving concerts and singing in a choral competition last weekend in Tolosa.
The contest went very well indeed, according to director Jordan Sramek:
"We sang an extremely varied program of a Renaissance motet, two pieces of Slavic chant, a 19th-century German Kyrie, David Moore's arrangement of I Been in the Storm (featuring our own Mark Dietrich as the bass soloist) and our commissioned gem, Sergey Khvoshchinskiy's Bogoroditse Devo Raduysia. Mark really hit it out of the ball park (the audience was forbidden to applaud between pieces, but after we finished I Been in the Storm people started to applaud), but the defining moment was our final piece. I think we had never sung that piece with such feeling and sheer power. People stood and cheered when we were finished. I don't remember much more; I think I was just so taken by the whole experience that I only recall walking into the foyer and having a crowd of people around me. Wow. So exhilarating."
To find out how it all turned out, read the rest of Jordan's post, which describes a scene that'd put any "reality show" to shame.
When they get back home to Minnesota, keep an ear out for Rose Ensemble Christmas concerts and broadcasts on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.