PROGRAM: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Live in Concert: Christmas in Baroque Malta

Code: ROE16
Genre: Classical, Folk, Holiday
Length: 58:30
Frequency: Christmas Special
Delivery Type: PRX and CD
Optional Breaks: One
Air Window: November 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Host: Tom Crann
Producer: Don Lee

Contact Information:
Estlin Usher: 773-279-2112,
David Sims: 773-279-2027,
Tony Macaluso: 773-279-2114,

PRX Link:

This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from November 1, 2016 through January 15, 2017.


THE ROSE ENSEMBLE live in concert

Christmas in Baroque Malta

The Rose Ensemble’s celestial voices team up with a Baroque band to present this unique seasonal program of glorious 17th-century music from Italy, preserved in the Cathedral archives on the Island of Malta, and now being heard for the first time in hundreds of years.

Imagine the splendor of the great Baroque churches of Venice and Rome, resounding with choral music as opulent and ornate as the buildings themselves. Now imagine that same music lost forever in Italy but miraculously preserved for centuries on the Island of Malta. The Rose Ensemble takes us on a fascinating journey to celebrate these musical treasures in a seasonal program featuring lush harmonies, prophetic poetry, a tender lullaby, and shepherds’ songs bursting with exaltation. Joined by a band of period instruments the voices of The Rose Ensemble invite us to spend Christmas in Malta, and welcome the season with Baroque majesty and joy!

Performance recorded at The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 19, 2015.


Jordan Sramek, Founder/Artistic Director
Bethany Battafarano, Elaine Lachica, Kim Sueoka (soprano)
Alyssa Anderson, Clara Osowski, Andrew Rader (alto)
Andrew Kane, Nickolas Karageorgiou, Jordan Sramek (tenor)
Mark Dietrich, Jake Endres, Peter Tuff (bass)
Lindsey Bordner, Ginna Watson (Baroque violin)
Josh Schwalbach (viola da gamba)
Paula Fagerberg (Italian-Baroque triple harp)
Charles Weaver (theorbo) 

Program to include:

Anon., 17th c.: Kyrie and Gloria from Messa Pastorale
Anon., 18th c.: Primo Tempore from Tre Lezioni per il Primo Notturno
Anon., 17th c.: Jesu Redemptor Omnium
Anon., 17th c.: Eia Pastores Surgite
Anon., 17th c.: O Magnum Mysterium from Responsorii Pastorali in nocte Nativitatis
Takach: Il-presepju tal-Milied (The Christmas Cradle)
Don Giuseppe Balzano (attr.): Dormi, dormi, O gran bambino
Anon., 17th c.: Sancta et immaculata and Beata Viscera from Responsorii Pastorali in nocte Nativitatis
Anon., 17th c.: Magnificat


Rose Ensemble Biography

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek and now in its 21st performance season, The Rose Ensemble is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and enjoys a full schedule of performing, recording, and outreach. Through virtuosic artistry and scholarly research, the group produces imaginative and inspiring musical performances and educational programs that strive to connect each individual to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world. Each season, the group illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on music, history, languages, politics and religion. With ten commercial recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, The Rose Ensemble has thrilled audiences across the U.S. and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in European, Middle Eastern and American traditions.

Recognized as a leader and innovator in the world-wide vocal music scene, The Rose Ensemble tours regularly. Recent appearances include Trinity Wall Street Series (NYC), Early Music Now (Milwaukee), the Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix), Cornell University, Luther College, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Gallery (Washington, D.C.). In 2012 the group served as artists in residence at the Society for Biblical Literature Conference, and in 2013 appeared at St. Quirinus Cathedral, Neuss (Germany). In 2014, The Rose Ensemble was chosen to represent the United States at the international Baroque music festival Misiones de Chiquitos in Bolivia, and later made its debut performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. The group will represent the United States next summer in Barcelona at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music. The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and took first place in both secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa (Spain) International Choral Competition. Mr. Sramek is the 2010 recipient of the Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. The group can be heard regularly on WFMT Chicago, American Public Media, the European Broadcasting Union, and NPR’s Performance Today.


About the Host

Award-winning Minnesota broadcast journalist Tom Crann serves as the host of Christmas in Baroque Malta: Italian Majesty at Mdina Cathedral. His experience includes two decades as host and producer of classical music and cultural programs in the United States and Ireland. He has also hosted the international cultural broadcasts Sounds Irish and The Last Night of the Proms, a coproduction with the BBC.