The Emberlight Grand Finale
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Saturday, August 26, 2023, 7:30PM
Historic Ironwood Theatre
($15 – $45)

Showstoppers: The Emberlight Grand Finale will wrap up the 2023 season with the biggest night of the summer! Celebrate the close of the festival with award presentations, prizes, exciting Emberlight news and sensational performances by guest soloists appearing alongside pianist Adam Rothenberg. It’s a perfect introduction to Emberlight for newcomers, and an event that superfans will not want to miss.

A much-anticipated highlight of the evening will be emcee Miles Mykkanen’s announcement of the Art in the Park and International Film Festival prize winners. After offering reflections on the current season, he may even provide a sneak peek of what to expect next year. Topping off the excitement, audience members will have the opportunity to win a fantastic door prize or two. Join us for a festive evening celebrating the joy of art and performance!

Our soloists for Showstoppers include violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith (Carnegie Hall; Elbphilharmonie) and Broadway stars Arica Jackson (Caroline, or Change; The Book of Mormon) and Zachary Noah Piser (Dear Evan Hansen; KPOP).

Starting at 6:30pm, Dan Mykkanen will set the festive mood from the piano with favorites from the Great American Songbook and current top 40s hits.

Join us for a festive evening celebrating the joy of art and performance!


There are two ways to attend Showstoppers: Purchasing individual tickets or buying one of our season passes.  Our passes offer the biggest discounts of the season!

Individual tickets go on sale March 15

Festival Passes

All Access Pass

Includes tickets to all 10  EIFF film screenings, in addition to our four Main Stage productions this summer — Buyer & Cellar starring Miles Mykkanen, Characters, Ann Toomey in Recital, and Emberlight’s season grand finale Showstoppers

Purchase All Access Pass

Main Stage Pass

Includes Gold Tier seating to Buyer & CellarCharactersAnn Toomey in Recital, and Showstoppers

Purchase Main Stage Pass

All passes include a 2023 Souvenir Program and invitations to private champagne receptions

Showstoppers is made possible by:

Sponsor: Stormy Kromer and Jacquart Fabric Products

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Arica Jackson
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Chelsea Starbuck Smith
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Zachary Noah Piser
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Miles Mykkanen
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Adam Rothenberg
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Daniel Mykkanen
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Colton Pometta
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Cindy Franck
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We are committed to the health and safety of our community. As plans progress for our 2023 "Essence of the Artist" season, we will continue to monitor the national and state health guidelines. We will update this page so you know what to expect when visiting the Emberlight Festival.