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Rose Ensemble’s Greater Minnesota Tour includes stop in Alexandria

The Rose Ensemble of St. Paul set off on its eighth annual Greater Minnesota Tour on Thursday, October 3, and a performance in Alexandria is planned.

The ensemble will perform Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 420 Irving Street, Alexandria.

Tickets are $12. Seniors and students are $9 (with ID) at the door. Buy two or more general tickets by phone or at the door to receive one free.

The ensemble will return to America’s folk roots with The Roots of Bluegrass: A Journey Through America’s Folk, Old-time and Gospel Traditions.

The Roots of Bluegrass will include hymns, Appalachian songs, Southern harmony shape-note singing and Shaker spirituals. This is the music that gave birth to bluegrass.

This concert will explore the country’s musical heritage with vocal harmonies, banjo, guitar and fiddle.

Founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music.

The group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions.

The Rose Ensemble was a recipient of the Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2005, first prize winner in sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix).

The ensemble has released nine recordings.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (651) 225-4340 or visit

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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