I’m excited to bring you this news!  We’ve been in rehearsals for this show, and there are some numbers that will make you tap your toes, whistle, and even sing along.  It’s a great way to explore this part of our Nation’s history and we can’t wait to share it with you.

The Rose Ensemble’s 15th Anniversary Season
Grand Finale!


Prohibition Protesters (Digital Archive, Library of Congress)
100 Years of Restraint and Revelry in Minnesota

with very special guests:
Patricia Hampl
, narrator

Dan Chouinard, accordion, piano, and tuba 

David Burk, guitar, banjo, and ukulele
Greg Hippen, bass
Ginna Watson, fiddle

Don’t miss the final concert series of The Rose Ensemble’s 2010-2011 15th Anniversary Performance Season!

Catch this grandiose show for a musical exploration of the history and humor behind Prohibition and Minnesota’s long-standing love/hate relationship with the pub. Research-rich yet light-hearted, this semi-staged and costumed performance features the songs and stories of 19th-century Temperance Union meetings and a full cup of good ol’ anti-Prohibition songs. Patricia Hampl reads from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, while our musicians skip, prance and croon to Victorian parlor songs, 1920s jazz, traditional Irish reels, ragtime, early gospel, and even a couple of show-stoppers by Irving Berlin! Whether your preference is lager or lemonade, you’ll learn about important events that shaped our region’s history; and with entertainment that could make even the Purity Squad merry, this home-grown program features our very own old-time band and audience sing-a-longs!

Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 7:30pm
Weber Music Hall, UMD, Duluth 

Friday & Saturday, June 17-18, 2011 | 8pm
The Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul


Special Reminder for Season Members:
Remember to call The Rose Ensemble office at 651.225.4340 no later than Thursday, June 9th, to redeem any remaining season membership tickets for the June 17th or 18th concerts at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Season Members, please be advised that this is a strict deadline: we cannot redeem any membership tickets after Thursday, June 9th.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Cultural STAR Program and Summit Brewing.