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July 11-18, 2015

The Rose Ensemble Returns to the Madison Early Music Festival

The Rose Ensemble will kick off the 2015 Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) Concert Series with a performance on Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 pm in Mills Concert Hall. Their mission states the group draws upon centuries of vocal music to create imaginative and inspiring performances, connecting audiences to stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world. The Rose Ensemble recital will be unique in that it is the only concert that is entirely vocal.

Artistic director Jordan Sramek will lead The Rose Ensemble in Slavic Wonders: Feast and Saints in Early Russia, Bohemia & Poland. Visit these ancient places where mysterious chants, joyful hymns, and magnificent choral works are mingled with tales of folk heroes. Slavic Wonders includes stunning 12-part Baroque motets from Russian Orthodox traditions, Medieval Latin chants for Slavic saints, and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance.
Faculty Profile: Kristina Boerger

We are pleased to welcome Kristina Boerger back as the All-Festival Concert conductor for MEMF 2015.

Kristina Boerger received her formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter and holds a doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. She has directed independent choirs in Urbana-Champaign and New York City, public school choirs in Wisconsin and Illinois, and college choirs at Lake Forest College and the Millikin University School of Music. After four years as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carroll University and a year as Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of Illinois School of Music, she is serving DePauw University's choral program during the sabbatical of Dr. Gregory Ristow. Boerger joins the Madison Early Music Festival faculty as a conductor, soprano, and course instructor.


All-Festival Concert
Saturday, July 18, 2015


The All-Festival Concert will feature instrumental and choral works by composers of the 16th through 18th centuries from the courts of Warsaw and Kraków - including a triple choir Magnificat by Mikołaj Zieleński and movements from Missa La Lombardesca by Bartłomiej Pękiel for double choir and instruments, excerpts from Hungarian composer Pál Eszterházy’s Harmonia Caelestis for choir and orchestra, and a stunning a cappella Choral Concerto by Ukrainian composer Dmitri Bortniansky from the Imperial Court in St. Petersburg.
Reminder: The Handel Aria Competition (HAC) is now accepting submissions! The Competition was established to encourage emerging singers of all voice types to explore the repertoire of Handel. It will culminate with a live competition concert on July 16. MEMF is proud to partner with HAC to offer this wonderful opportunity for young artists.

Deadline: April 15
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