This Old House

THIS OLD HOUSE was an ECMC concert series that took place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Apostles, and on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Broadway Presbyterian Church, both in Manhattan, New York City.

New House. Old Soul. 
Empire City Men's Chorus kicked off its 2015-2016 season Thriving Together with its first ever November concert This Old House. The series consisted of two hour-long tribute concerts with music old and new, representing change and constancy. Musical highlights included works by Mendelssohn, Carly Simon, Marisa Michelson, Ysaye M. Barnwell, and more. ECMC was thrilled to debut Shelter Song, commissioned by ECMC from our composer-in-residence, Kyle Randall

"When a structure like ECMC's house has stood strong for over 20 years, there's a lot to be proud of. Many brothers have moved in and out. The house has been repainted, redecorated and has been under the care of a vast array of caretakers over the years. But one thing hasn't changed - the firm commitment to musical excellence that we share, coupled with deep fraternity in music. Today's men of ECMC are living in an age where technology moves at the speed of light. They are parts of the body of humans that keep this amazing city running. Yet, with all of their disparate lives, they manage to come home every Tuesday evening to this same old house to share their stories and each other's in song. In essence, these men are building and re-building this house, and each of them is a vital part of its fabric. Just as the house has been here for them all these years, they continue to be here to care for the house."  –  Vince Peterson,  Artistic Director

Concert Program

Building My House
Music by Marisa Michelson | Words by Joshua Cohen
Sean Forte, Piano
Mike Ramsey, Percussionist

Periti Autem Fulgebunt
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Music by Michael McGlynn
Bill Powell and Craig Goodwin-Ortiz de Leon, soloists

Traditional Georgian work song
Ron Languedoc, soloist

Let the River Run
Words and Music by Carly Simon | Arranged by Kirby Shaw


Wanting Memories
Words and Music by Ysaye M. Barnwell

Working Man
Words and Music by Rita MacNeil
Westley Holiday, soloist

Hard Times
Words and Music by Stephen Collins Foster | Arranged by Willi Zwozdesky

Shelter Song (World Premiere)
Music by Kyle Randall | Words by Sam Jack
Commissioned by Empire Men’s Chorus
Vince Peterson, Artistic Director

Words and Music by Robert I. Hugh
Mike Ramsey, Percussionist