Members of The Rose Ensemble include sopranos Kathy Lee and Kim Sueoca; altos Lisa Drew, Linda Kachelmeier and Kris Kautzman (early flute); tenors Nicholas Chalmers, Andrew Kane and Jordan Sramek; bass Mark Dietrich (Native American flute); guitarist/banjoist David Burk; harpist/fiddler Ginna Watson; and bassist Greg Hippen. The Rose Ensemble is noted for its versatility in using its musicians not only as an ensemble but also as soloists in various configurations, adding variety to the listening experience.
This program features selections such as the Shaker song Harps of Welcome, William Walker’s The Babe of Bethlehem, the Kentucky fiddle tune Old Christmas Morning, and John Jacob Niles’ beloved I Wonder As I Wander.
Award-winning Minnesota broadcast journalist Tom Crann serves as the host of And Glory Shone Around: An Early-American Christmas. His experience includes two decades as host and producer of classical music and cultural programs in the United States and Ireland. He has also hosted the international cultural broadcasts Sounds Irish and The Last Night of the Proms, a co-production with the BBC.