Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director & Founder
Ember, the critically acclaimed choral ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson will present a live and virtual concert entitled Release. They will examine in music that moment in our lives when we pass between what was and what will be.
The concert will begin with Eric Whitacre’s gentle wish for universality through “singing together, standing together...always.”
The cornerstone of Release is Ola Gjeilo’s “Dark Night of the Soul” on texts written in the 16th century by St. John of the Cross. For this piece, Ember singers will be joined by a string quartet from the American Modern Ensemble.
Additional selections include the popular theme from The Mission: “Gabriel's Oboe.” “Under the Willow Tree” from Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa, “Sing Out My Soul” by Marques L. Garrett, and “Nada te turbe” by Joan Szymko. The concert will close with the uplifting spiritual “Over My Head, I Hear Music in the Air.”
“We learned new ways of living and working; new ways of being human with other humans throughout the pandemic,” remarked Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, Founder and Artistic Director. “Some [of these] we may elect to retain, having learned new things that enhance life. Together, we seek to acknowledge the sense of loss and disorder that we are left with and to make a proactive choice to hold more lightly some parts of life that may have seemed essential in the past.”
Kevin Shoemaker, Collaborative Accompanist
Caroline L. Sargent, Percussionist
As a time of warmth, giving, and familiar songs and carols, the December holidays inspire dreams and memories. Ember combines heartwarming readings with beautiful music, much of which is familiar. Join Ember and Phoenix Singers in this concert designed to bring both joy and healing. Child friendly and followed by a reception.
Are we able to listen beyond the chatter of human voices hearing the evolving messages uttered by our planet?
Culminating this 25th anniversary season will be a collaborative co-commission by celebrated composers Eric Banks and Robert Paterson that focuses on the global voice of our planet – its natural cycles and human interaction with those cycles. We extend the question, “What peril awaits should we choose not to listen?”