Ember

Season at a Glance

Coming of Age

Acknowledging, honoring, celebrating the second half of life through the experiences of an America abounding with people of retirement age and beyond.

For the first time, Ember carries a theme across the summer months into the following season. The first concert of the 2018-2019 season, Thriving through the Years, provides the climactic end for last season, When the War Is Over and will be performed on November 11. on the centennial anniversary of the WWI Armistice.

Season Poster

Concert 1

An exploration of our maturing population

A look at the unique realities and opportunities a mature life affords. Serving as the culmination of last season’s commemoration of the impact of World War I, Ember examines the wisdom and life perspective gained in their elder years by veterans of The Great War.

American composer Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, scored for mixed voices and orchestra, is the concert’s centerpiece, a work that both commemorats the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and lifts us all into expansive perspectives on life. Like Britten’s massive War Requiem, Forrest’s five-movement work includes text beyond that of the usual liturgical Latin requiem.

Ember’s patrons are invited to contribute photo images of loved ones involved in the WWI conflict for possible inclusion in its multi-media presentation. Video clips taken from the Veterans History Project and other like resources will be featured in Joan Szymko’s powerful Be It Therefore Resolved and Jake Runestad’s evocative Live the Questions. Ember is delighted to be working collaboratively with composer/songwriter Cheryl Engelhardt and will present the American premiere of her composition We in this concert.

Concert 2

Our Annual Holiday Tradition

Ember’s annual holiday concert focuses on musical favorites that will warm the heart Bring the whole family, and plan to enjoy holiday goodies in the undercroft following the concert.

Concert 3

Pluck the day [as it is ripe]

Ember is thrilled to collaborate with NYC’s Encore Creativity for Older Adults Chorale in the second concert in Ember’s Coming of Age season. Ember and Encore singers celebrate the many opportunities open to those whose work life is at last easing its demands – opportunities for creative and social engagement, joyful opportunities for meaningful service – opportunities such as those seized by the Encore singers themselves! The groups will sing David Brunner’s popular I am in need of music together, and Encore singers will present several selections on their own. Ysae Barnwell’s delightful No Mirrors, along with 1000 Grandmothers by J. David Moore and selections by Andrea Ramsey, Gwyneth Walker, and others will complete the concert.

Concert 4

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries

A return to simplicity – and the possibility of sharing its joyful wisdom – is the subject of this concert. Externally resembling some elements of childhood naiveté, the simplicity of the second half of life, deepened by life experience, is able to live happily with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries. Ember turns to the life wisdom offered by such disparate sources as Rabindranath Tagore, Ysaÿe Barnwell, and Stephen Sondheim among others – and draws upon the extraordinary solo talents for which the Ember singing family is known.