Rose Ensemble twice honored


The Rose Ensemble seems awash in good news at the moment.

Founder and artistic director Jordan Sramek is off to Atlanta in a couple of days to the Chorus America Conference where he'll receive the 2010 Louis Botto Award. The award is given to an individual whose work "has demonstrated innovative action and entrepreneurial zeal in developing a professional or professional-core choral ensemble."

The award is named for the founder of Chanticleer Louis Botto who is recognized for bringing the group "to national prominence as the first professional choral ensemble in the U.S., outside the military, consistently to offer full-time employment to its singers."

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In a release from the Rose Ensemble Sramek says he is humbled and gratified by the award.

"I believe this prize honors my work of re-conceptualizing early music for the modern audience, but not reinventing it, and certainly not sacrificing musical integrity for the sake of accessibility or in the name of innovation," he says.

Meanwhile the Ensemble also just got word it will represent the US at the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music to be held in August 2011 in Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina. The Symposium was held in the Twin Cities in 2003. Only 25 groups from 21 countries were selected for the 2011 event, although there is one other choir from the US.

The Rose Ensemble will announce it's 2010-2011 season shortly. In the meantime it has one concert scheduled for early September to celebrate the beginning of what will be it's 15th anniversary season.

Here's a sample of the group at work: