Rose Ensemble visits the court of "The Girl King"

Rose Ensemble
The Rose Ensemble performs music from the 17th-century court of Christina Vasa, Queen of Sweden.
MPR Photo/Karl Gehrke

Known as "The Girl King," Christina Wasa of Sweden was a controversial, intellectual prodigy who succeeded to the throne at the age of six, at her father's death. During her 22-year reign, from 1632 to 1654, she enticed musicians and composers from the far reaches of Europe to Stockholm.

Early next month the Rose Ensemble explores music from the court of Queen Christina in a series of concerts around Minnesota.

In between rehearsals, the early music group came by Minnesota Public Radio's Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to perform some selections from the upcoming concerts. Host Alison Young also spoke with the group's artistic director, Jordan Sramek, and baritone Tim O'Brien about the life of Christina of Sweden.

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