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The Musical Legacy of the Renaissance
w/ St. Paul, MN’s award-winning chorus The Rose Ensemble
and Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto

Friday, October 20, 7:30pm – Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral [map]
Saturday, October 21, 7:30pm – Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill [map]
Sunday, October 22, 3:00pm – Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington [map]

Matthew Glandorf, lecturer in sacred music at the Curtis Institute, will give a pre-concert lecture one hour prior to each concert.

All venues are handicap accessible. Please call 215-235-8469 to request seating accommodations.

This concert has been supported with a special project grant from The Presser Foundation and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Visiting Renaissance instrumentalists joined St. Paul ensemble to mark the 500th anniversary of Reformation.

Review for the Minneapolis Star Tribune by Terry Blain

You could hear the shock of the new in the music — the sudden elation, enabled by Luther’s revolution, of singing praise to God in German, the language of the people, not Latin, the arcane tongue of priests and prelates…The Piffaro-Rose Ensemble hookup was a special collaboration for this Reformation project, and the two groups dovetailed with remarkable unanimity in phrasing and articulation. Another joint initiative would be warmly welcome in the future.

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A Once-in-a-lifetime Show

Review for the Rochester Post Bulletin by Drue Fergison

The choreography of the spectacle was elaborate. Nearly every one of the many short selections performed involved a different combination of voices and/or instruments … in different positions. From the balcony of Zumbro Lutheran to the nave to the sanctuary, the musicians moved and rearranged. Piffaro’s instruments were spread on long tables, to be picked up as needed by the various players, and one musician traded instruments with another between pieces. The Rose Ensemble’s singers regrouped into small circles or hovered near those Piffaro musicians who were playing as they sang. It was highly complex, yet pulled off naturally, and made the point that sound, blend, balance, proximity and flexibility matter. The idea was to do what was necessary to create the desired sound at any given moment.  

I cannot say enough about the polished, precise and deeply warm qualities of both ensembles, together and apart. It was all magnificent.

Concert Program  Program Notes

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – Martin Luther

Listen to Christ Ist Erstanden_ Setting À 5 by Stephen Mahu 

Synopsis: On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement that would transform sacred music. Luther was a great lover of music; he himself penned some of the earliest of what became a Lutheran tradition of singable yet sophisticated hymns. The most recognized of these is Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress), “the battle cry of the Reformation.” In this collaboration with the Twin Cities’ award-winning early music chorus, The Rose Ensemble, Piffaro will guide listeners through the first formative century of the Reformation. In true Lutheran tradition, the audience will be invited to participate.

Playlist: Martin Luther, Johann Walther, Stephan Mahu, Hans Leo Hassler, Leonhard Lechner, Michael Praetorius

From the Artistic Directors: We will call the audience to attention with hammer blows and chart the first one hundred years of Luther’s influence, beginning with Luther’s Ein feste Burg and exploring the founding and early development of the chorale and hymn in the hands of such composers as Johann Walther, Stephan Mahu, Hans Leo Hassler, and others. In the second half, we’ll celebrate the culmination of this artistic ferment in a reconstruction of a celebratory mass in grand style as it was practiced in German reformed churches in the early 17th century. Our model is the baptism of Prince Frederick of Württemberg and Barbara Sophia, Margravine of Brandenburg, which took place in Stuttgart in March of 1616. The event was a joyous, elaborate, and well-documented occasion. The great 6-voice Missa Prima by Leonhard Lechner will be the framework for this second half of the concert, which will conclude with Michael Praetorius’ magnificent triple-choir Te Deum.”

Our guests

The Rose Ensemble

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble has achieved an international reputation as a premiere American early music ensemble. The group’s concerts and recordings have been called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “impassioned and brightly alive” (Choral Journal) and “engaging . .. satisfying” (Gramophone). The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and first prize winner in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix).  Learn more about The Rose Ensemble

Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto

Kiri Tollaksen, praised for her “stunning technique, and extreme musicality,” has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe with such groups as Tenet, Piffaro, Pacific MusicWorks, Toronto Consort, Tesserae, Apollo’s Fire, Concerto Palatino, La Fenice, and is a member of the early brass ensemble Dark Horse Consort.  Learn more about Kiri Tollaksen

Tickets & Passes

Flex Pass Prices (4 tickets per pass)
May be used in any combination

General Admission Pass: $112
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Preferred Pass: $148
Premium Pass: $186
Pass price includes a $6 handling fee.

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Regular Ticket Prices

General Admission: $29
Upgrade for seating closer to the stage
Preferred: $39
Premium: $49
Youth & Full-time Students: Free

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