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Category Archive: Rose Ensemble Audio Postcards

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 7

Posted at 1:17 PM on November 28, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
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In a chat following the final concert of Songs of Temperance and Temptation, the pleasures of having performed for The Rose Ensemble's extended family throughout the state hits close to home for tenor Nick Chalmers.

Members of The Rose Ensemble discuss their bittersweet sentiments about the end of the 2011 Greater Minnesota Tour and express interest in taking the program on the road again in the future.

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The Rose Ensemble says farewell amidst a standing ovation in Hutchinson, during their final performance of the 2011 Greater Minnesota Tour.

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 6

Posted at 8:39 AM on November 23, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
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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.

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 5

Posted at 12:38 PM on November 21, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
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The Rose Ensemble's founder and artistic director, Jordan Sramek, invites listeners behind the scenes as musicians chat with one another while preparing for their performance at the Historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, MN.

Amidst their physical transformation into their stage roles, musicians paint a picture of the dressing rooms and reminisce about their place in the history of Austin's Spam Museum. The Thursday night show kicked off the second half of the Songs of Temperance and Temptation tour through greater Minnesota.

Next stop: A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls, MN, Saturday, November 19.



The Historic Paramount Theatre in Austin was the ideal vaudeville venue for Songs of Temperance and Temptation.


The ensemble is joined by the audience in a rousing sing-a-long of "Battle Hymn of Minnesota" (from Minnesota Dry Federation Campaign Songs, ca. 1918).

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 4

Posted at 9:42 AM on November 11, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
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Members of The Rose Ensemble talk about some of their recent experiences in Brainerd, Minnesota, which included introducing Central Lakes College world music students to a wide variety of early American musical repertoire.

Meanwhile, founder and artistic director Jordan Sramek talks about the synergy that occurs on stage towards the end of a tour run.

After a brief jaunt to California and Oregon this weekend, The Rose Ensemble will return for the next leg of the Songs of Temperance and Temptation tour, starting in Austin on November 17th.


The Rose Ensemble joins together on stage for a momentous finale with "Modřanská polka" ("Beer Barrel Polka," 1927).


Instrumentalist David Burk speaks to Central Lakes College students about early Cajun music and music from Cape Breton Island.

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 3

Posted at 1:04 PM on November 10, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
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During The Rose Ensemble's recent stop in Bemidji, musicians Lisa Drew and Dan Chouinard speak about the joys of wearing big hats, both literally and figuratively, in the Songs of Temperance and Temptation tour throughout Minnesota.

Meanwhile, ensemble member Kathy Lee speaks to the delight of working with middle school choir students.

After receiving a standing ovation from the Bemidji audience, The Rose Ensemble hits the road again for their next stop in Brainerd, on November 4th.



The women of The Rose Ensemble having a ball while singing "I Like My Bootleg Man."



Soprano Kathy Lee of The Rose Ensemble coaches the 6th grade choir at Bemidji Middle School on correct vowel shapes for singing choral music.

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 2

Posted at 2:59 PM on November 4, 2011 by William Johnston
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The Rose Ensemble made the second stop of their Greater Minnesota tour in Thief River Falls on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

Today's audio postcard includes the sentiments of some of the ensemble musicians regarding the educational component of the tour.

After putting on two educational programs during the day, The Rose Ensemble's Songs of Temperance and Temptation was performed for a very enthusiastic audience. The tour continues in Bemidji on November 3rd.


The Rose Ensemble parties on stage to The Moonshiner's Dance part 1, inspiring audience members to party in their seats during this throwback to the Roaring Twenties era.


A lecture-demonstration presented by The Rose Ensemble at Franklin Middle School had students engaged in an exploration of early American music.

Rose Ensemble Audio Postcard No. 1

Posted at 12:21 PM on November 3, 2011 by ClassicalMPR
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We will be posting periodic audio postcards from the Rose Ensemble's Songs of Temperance and Temptation tour throughout Greater Minnesota. Enjoy the first one!

Two educational programs and a performance of the Songs of Temperance and Temptation at the Kiehle Auditorium of University of Minnesota-Crookston kicked off the first leg of The Rose Ensemble's statewide tour last night.

In this sound clip, production manager Craig Lemming asks special guests Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard for their impressions of the show during a "speakeasy" reception at the Northland Inn after the first performance.

The next stop on the tour is Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls on November 2nd.