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13.12.11

Rose Ensemble at the National Gallery

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Il Poverello: Medieval and Renaissance Music for Saint Francis of Assisi, Rose Ensemble
Charles T. Downey, Music review: Rose Ensemble (Washington Post, December 13, 2011)
Just in time for Hanukkah, the Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble performed a program focused on Sephardic music at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday night. Similar to a program offered by the Boston Camerata at Dumbarton Oaks the previous weekend, the concert mingled music from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions in an evocation of medieval Spain and the Mediterranean. That requires a healthy dose of speculative reconstruction, which felt more authentic in the Boston Camerata’s collaboration with an Arabic music ensemble.

Much of the credit for this program’s success was due to the generally fine contributions from the five singers, who formed a well-blended ensemble.
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