Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director & Founder

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Thriving through the Years

Wisdom from the Foxhole

November 10 & 11, 2018

An exploration of our maturing population. Ember takes 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.

Thriving through the Years

Wisdom from the Foxhole


Saturday, November 10, 7PM

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


Sunday, November 11, 5PM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 94 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

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 Tradition in a New Space

December 9, 2018

Ember’s annual holiday concert focuses on musical favorites that will warm the heart. Ember singers present such selections as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “In Dulci Jubilo,” and “I Wonder as I Wander,” and invite audience members to join in singing familiar carols the whole family will know. Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s historic organ will be featured in the carol sing. Bring the whole family, and plan to enjoy holiday goodies in the undercroft following the concert.

An Ember December

An Annual Tradition in a New Space


Sunday, December 9, 5PM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 94 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

An Ember December

An Annual Tradition in a New Space

Spring Gala

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May 2, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be holding our annual Gala at the beautiful Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ. Please plan to join us for a memorable evening of delicious food, delightful friends, and truly exceptional music

Spring Gala

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Thursday, May 2, 6:30

Highlawn Pavilion, 1 Crest Dr, West Orange, NJ 07052

Carpe diem!

Pluck the day [as it is ripe]

A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.

May 18 & 19, 2019

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.

A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.


Saturday, May 18, 7PM

St. John's in the Village, 218 W. 11th Street (at Waverly Pl.), New York, New York 10014


Sunday, May 19, 5PM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 94 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.