The renowned vocal group The Rose Ensemble will give a free concert at Ascension Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Their program is “American Roots; Harmonies that Shaped a Nation.” A free-will offering will be taken.
In this journey across centuries of folk, spiritual, and cultural traditions, audiences witness the evolution of American musical heritage. From the British Isles came ballads, hymns, fiddle tunes, and country dances that would shape new traditions in the hills of Appalachia, the dance halls of Boston, and the Shaker villages of Kentucky and New York. Four-part harmony spilled out of country churches and became the musical foundation for causes both religious and political, as anti-slavery meetings, tent revivals, and even Presidential campaigns all found power in the marriage of catchy melodies and memorable rhymes.
Meanwhile, vocal lines brewed and bubbled throughout the 19th century, giving birth to what would become Bluegrass and Old-Time Gospel music, with tunes like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” and the “Sweet By and By.” The Rose Ensemble’s engaging stage presence, diverse singing styles, and impressive array of folk and classical instruments provide concertgoers with a bountiful harvest of over 300 years of American harmony – all lovingly woven together through story, song, and plenty of foot stomping!
For more information, please call the parish office.
Do you love to dig in the dirt? We need you to help establish an Ascension Community Garden! The space on the corner of 17th and Bryant is in need of a major overhaul to become a productive garden. The project is twofold: 1) we need volunteers with the necessary equipment to remove small trees, bushes, weeds and debris within the fenced-in area and 2) we need gardeners willing to plant vegetables and/or flowers and to care for the garden throughout the season. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in the project, please contact Brad Huard at the parish office, 612-424-6213.
CYC meeting, 7 p.m., cafeteria
Fri., April 22
Older and Wiser Supper Club, following 3:30 p.m. Mass
Call the parish office for more information on these events, 612 529-9684