The Rose Ensemble to Perform Concert at St. Bartholomew’s

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Feb. 23, 2012 – The Rose Ensemble, an award-winning early-music choir, will perform a concert as part of the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association’s 2012 Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 103 Campus Drive.

The performance, titled “Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland and Bohemia,” includes stunning 12-part Baroque motets from the Russian Orthodox tradition, medieval Latin chants for Slavic saints and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance.

As part of the group’s visit to Hartville, members of The Rose Ensemble will give a workshop for public school and Coker College students.

Founded in 1996 and based in Saint Paul, Minn., The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind and lift the spirit. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world's manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion and world cultures and traditions.

“I lived in Minnesota when the Rose Ensemble was founded,” said Associate Professor of Music Graham Wood.  “I went to every concert they gave until I moved to Hartsville. They are, quite simply, one of the best early-music choirs I have ever heard. The repertoire they sing is rarely heard but scrupulously researched. Their performances are beautifully blended, engaging and informative—a perfect combination.”

With nine critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, The Rose Ensemble has performed across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning a thousand years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.

A partnership between Coker College and Hartsville, the Hartsville Coker Concert Association presents an annual program of performing arts events in downtown Hartsville and on the Coker College campus.  Individual tickets are sold for each event or discounted season tickets are included in the Association’s membership.

Tickets for the concert, which are available at the door, are $25 for adults, $7 for children under 18. Coker students with college identification are admitted for free.

For more information about the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, visit or call 383-8125.



Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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