Requiem: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Centennial





March 12, 2011
This concert commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the infamous industrial tragedy that was a catalyst for improved factory safety standards and workers’ compensation laws in New York City. In remembrance of the 146 garment workers who lost their lives in the disaster, The Manhattan Choral Ensemble will perform Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem for organ and strings and a set of new works created especially for the occasion. The MCE has commissioned four New York City-based composers – George Andoniadis, Victoria Bond, Ricardo Llorca, and Martha Sullivan – to set selections from Jonathan Fink’s sequence of poems “Conflagration and Wage: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 1911.” These pieces will be interspersed with the movements of the Requiem, creating a unique tribute to the victims of the 1911 tragedy. read more

   

Fauré Requiem

June 12 and 13, 2009
Fauré’s masterpiece for choir and orchestra. Soloists for this performance were Kiera Duffy (soprano) and Douglas Millar (baritone).

Also on the program was Four Partsongs (Gesänge) For Women’s Chorus With Two Horns And Harp (Opus 17) by Johannes Brahms and the world premiere of a setting of Walt Whitman’s One Hour to Madness and Joy for choir and strings, by the MCE’s director, Thomas Cunningham.

   

Iberian Holiday: Christmas in Spain and Portugal





December 12 and 14, 2008
A Christmas celebration featuring familiar and unusual carols from Spain and Portugal, and Christmas music from Renaissance composers Guerrero, Morales, and Victoria. December 12 and 14, 2008
A Christmas celebration featuring familiar and unusual carols from Spain and Portugal, and Christmas music from Renaissance composers Guerrero, Morales, and Victoria.

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All-Night Vigil & Lux Aeterna



June 6 & 7, 2008
Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece is one of the crowning achievements in Russian sacred music. Also on this program was Lux Aeterna, a new work by Charles Griffin composed specifically for this concert to complement the All-Night Vigil.

   

New Music for New York & Five Flower Songs




March 8, 2008
Fourth installment of the MCE’s New Music for New York project which premiered three new commissions: Kevin McCarter’s As the Earth Brings Forth Her Bud, Andrew Megill’s A Clear Midnight, and George Steel’s Surge Propera. Also on the program were Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs.