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South Orange Performing Arts Center
Off Route 510 1 SOPAC Way South Orange, NJ 07079
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Listen to music from the Rose Ensemble’s Il Poverello CD here.


Reawakening the ancient through imaginative performances of vocal music and with historical instruments, the internationally acclaimed Rose Ensemble connects individuals to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity, and honors the musical legacy that has shaped the lives of real people throughout the ages and across cultures. 

During his lifetime, Francis pursued a life of simplicity and became known as il poverello, “the poor one.” The patron saint of animals and ecology, he is arguably one of the best known medieval saints. But beyond garden statues and the Prayer of St. Francis (which, by the way, he didn’t write), how much do we really know? This joyful program features centuries of hymns, dances and motets in honor of the “hippie saint,” as well as early Italian spiritual songs and light-hearted readings by and about Francis himself. Includes the full force of 12 voices plus harp, riqq, dumbek, hurdy gurdy, psaltery and recorder. This program features special guest artist Isacco Colombo, joining us all the way from Italy to lend his sensational skills on medieval Italian bagpipes, shawm, fife and tabor.

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