Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director & Founder

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Civil Discourse

November 9 & 10, 2019

This concert addresses head-on the need for civility as a viable alternative to the anger of our current times. It asks such questions as “Who do we consider good neighbors?” “How do we establish meaningful dialogue?” “How can we listen respectfully to those holding radically different points of view?”

Honoring the exploration, Ember has commissioned composer Bill Heigen to write a work on Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall,” a polemic against building walls that separate us from our neighbors. Ember will also present a unique setting of Fred Rogers’s “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Audience members will be invited into the Ember rehearsal process, where listening is compulsory for the creation of ensemble art.

The Civil Discourse concerts will feature the debut appearance of Schola’s high school branch, the Phoenix Singers, launched as part of this, our 25th anniversary season!

Listening

Civil Discourse


Saturday, November 9, 7pm

St. John's in the Village, 224 Waverly Place, NYC 10014


Sunday, November 10, 5pm

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07079

Thriving through the Years

Wisdom from the Foxhole

  • I
  • Honneur a l’AmériqueCamille Saint-Saëns
  • Text: Paul Fournier
  • He is thereCharles Ives
  • How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farmWalter Donaldson
  • Text: Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young
  • II
  • Come SundayDuke Ellington
  • arr. Alice Parker
  • Little David, Play on Your HarpArr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Text: Joseph Seamon Carter, Jr.
  • III
  • Take the A TrainBilly Strayhorn
  • arr. Sherry Kosinski
  • I got rhythmGeorge Gershwin
  • Fascinating RhythmGeorge Gershwin
  • IV
  • The Dream KeeperWilliam Averitt
  • Text: Langston Hughes
  • 1. The Dream Keeper
  • 4. Song
  • Afro-American FragmentWilliam Averitt
  • Text: Langston Hughes
  • 1. Wonder
  • 5. Feet o’ Jesus
  • 6. Fire
  • V
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seenarr. Gail B. Poch
  • I Dream a WorldDwight Bigler
  • Text: Langston Hughes
  • Free at lastRoger Wesby
  • VI
  • Goin’ Home (“From the New World”)Antonin Dvorak
  • Arr. Deborah Simpkin King, Text: William Arms Fisher
  • America the BeautifulSamual Ward
  • Text: Katharine Lee Bates
  • Prayer for the WorldStanley M. Hoffman
  • Text: Harold S. Kushner
  • VII
  • Russian RagGeorge L. Cobb
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that SwingDuke Ellington
  • arr. Nick Cerrato
  • I’m just Wild about HarryNoble Sissle and Eubie Blake
  • Down by the Riversidearr. Moses Hogan

An Ember December

An Annual Ember Tradition

December 8, 2019

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.

An Ember December

An Annual Ember Tradition


Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5pm

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07079

An Ember December

An Annual Tradition in a New Space

Listening

Outside Voices

February 29 & March 1, 2020

Are we able to hear voices other than our own? Historical voices? Voices of other races, cultures, genders? Voices of youth?

These concerts will include the premiere performance of a choral setting by Judy Collins’s arranger of her song, “Dreamers,” along with a new work by PROJECT : ENCORE composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm: “My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee.’”

Listening

Outside Voices


Saturday, February 29, 7pm

St. John's in the Village, 224 Waverly Place, NYC 10014


Sunday, March 1, 5pm

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07079

Carpe diem!

Pluck the day [as it is ripe]

Listening

Voices from the Earth

May 16 & 17, 2020

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?”

Listening

Voices from the Earth


Saturday, May 16, 7pm

St. John's in the Village, 224 Waverly Place, NYC 10014


Sunday, May 17, 5pm

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07079

A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.