If you're looking for a music group to complement your latest illuminated manuscript exhibition, quick — call in the experts, i.e. the Rose Ensemble. Performing over 1000 years of repertoire in some 25 languages, the Roses have won prestigious awards for choral excellence and originality. Their preferences know no bounds; from Gregorian chant to Mexican baroque, Spanish renaissance, Shaker spirituals and ancient Hawaiian vocal music, this lively, adventurous clan definitely puts the juice in the early music motor. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote, “They sing and play with a lusty ease that blows the dust off old music.” This week, the Getty Museum presents the Rose Ensemble in Gothic Voices, a program of hits from the 12th to 14th centuries, performed on an enticing variety of instruments like the bagpipes, vielle, lute, and, of course, the rebec, that fiddle-like bowed instrument angels play on their arms in those medieval and renaissance paintings. The performance complements the exhibition Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination 1200–1350. At the Getty Museum, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr., West L.A.; Sat., March 24, 7:30 p.m.; $20, $15 students & seniors. (310) 440-7300, www.getty.edu.

Sat., March 24, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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