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Classical Notes: November 23, 2011 Archive

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 6

Posted at 8:39 AM on November 23, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
Filed under: Rose Ensemble Audio Postcards

On the second to last night of the Songs of Temperance and Temptation tour, Jordan Sramek hands the microphone over to audience members from the Willmar performance to tell their Prohibition stories. From the young girl asked to sign the Temperance pledge, to a renowned bootlegger, and a young man seeking alcohol for medicinal purposes, it's clear that audience members had come to the show with diverse insights into the Prohibition struggle. Fun was had by all during Sunday's post-concert speakeasy reception.

A performance in Hutchinson Monday night, November 21, marks the finale of The Rose Ensemble's 2011 Greater Minnesota Tour.

The men of The Rose Ensemble enjoying a "drunken" moment during "Just to Pay our Respects to Maguiness" (Frank Hayden, 1886).

Tenor Nick Chalmers coaching the Ridgewater College Chamber Singers in Willmar, MN.

R. I. P. Montserrat Figueras

Posted at 3:09 PM on November 23, 2011 by Rex Levang (2 Comments)

It was sad to read today of the death of the singer Montserrat Figueras, best known for her many recordings of early music, from the Middle Ages through the Baroque. In recent years, she, along with her husband, Jordi Savall, had also explored links between that music, and other cultures, in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

With a voice that was pure, and never forced, and performances that were always committed, she created an intimate bond with listeners. Recordings like the one below help explain why ("Yo soy la locura" from the luxurious "Don Quijote" set):

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