Bemidji Concert Series Features The Rose Ensemble Il Poverello Tour on Sept. 28

St. Paul, Minn.,-based The Rose Ensemble is bringing its Il Poverello tour to Bemidji State University to open the Department of Music’s 2017-18 Bemidji Concert Series schedule on Sept. 28.

In Il Poverello, The Rose Ensemble shares the life and legacy of St. Francis of Assisi through a musical journey across the rustic Italian countryside, from Umbria and Tuscany to the cathedrals and churches of Florence and Rome. The concert will span centuries of music and dance and include early Italian-language spiritual songs and readings written by or about St. Francis.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Season tickets for the full four-concert 2017-18 Bemidji Concert Series schedule are $65 — an average of $16.25 per concert — for adults or $25 for students — just $6.25 per concert — and may be purchased by contacting the Department of Music.

Tickets for The Rose Ensemble performance and season tickets for the series are available in advance at the BSU Department of Music offices in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex room 201. Single performance tickets also will be sold at the door.

About 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 repertoire covers 1,000 years of music history with pieces in more than 25 different languages, bringing a fresh perspective on history, culture, politics and spirituality from around the world.

The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union, most notably in annual Christmas broadcasts.

Among the Rose Ensemble’s 20 members is Bemidji State alum Dr. Timothy Campbell, assistant professor of music at the University of South Dakota. He conducts concert choir and men’s and women’s chorus and teaches courses in choral literature, applied voice and music theory. A tenor with the Rose Ensemble, Campbell has performed with a number of professional ensembles around the country. After graduating from Bemidji State, he earned a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from the University of Arizona.

About the Bemidji Concert Series

The Department of Music began the Bemidji Concert Series in 2001 to help reinforce Bemidji’s reputation as a cultural center in northern Minnesota and to provide the Bemidji region with local access to world-class musical performances.

The 2017-18 Bemidji Concert Series begins Sept. 28 with The Rose Ensemble and includes four concerts through March 9, 2018.

Nov. 5 — Boston Brass

Boston Brass is a five-piece brass ensemble specializing in classical arrangements, jazz standards and original brass quintet repertoire. The quintet tours extensively, playing more than 100 dates per year in solo performances and with a variety of orchestras, bands and other ensembles. Boston Brass has performed in 49 states and more than 30 countries.

Jan. 21 — Argus Quintet

The Argus Quintet has quickly established a reputation as a dynamic, versatile ensemble known for innovative performances and diverse repertoire. Their performances features new work by living composers in addition to traditional staples of chamber music canon. This fall, the quartet began an appointment as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they will work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet.

March 9 — Atlantic Reed Consort

The Atlantic Reed Consort — which includes oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet and saxophone performers — embraces contemporary music while bringing traditional chamber music composed by Bach, Gershiwin and Ravel to audiences in an unexpected format. The group promotes chamber music through numerous clinics, recitals, public outreach concerts and recordings. The group made its Carnegie Hall debut in January.

2017-18 Bemidji Concert Series

  • Sept. 28 — The Rose Ensemble
  • Nov. 5 — Boston Brass
  • Jan. 21 — Argus Quartet
  • March 9 — Atlantic Reed Consort



Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding.