Holy Manna celebrates the vast history of the early American hymn and reflects on this repertoire's enduring legacy. Beginning with an interactive warmup – a commission by Celeste Oram – and a “singing school based on the practice of colonial-era music educators – Ruckus leads all present in a communitarian feast of song and history. The program centers around the shape-note tradition and practice.
A collaboration with flutist Emi Ferguson, Fly the Coop is a joyous, kaleidoscopic romp through some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works. The program features new arrangements of Bach’s Flute Sonatas and Keyboard Preludes, orchestrated for baroque flute and the forces of Ruckus that include theorbos, baroque guitars, baroque bassoon, cello, viola da gamba, harpsichord, organ, bass, and the occasional banjo.