Announcing the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s 14th Season!

Known for the excellence of its classical repertoire and an extraordinary commitment to new choral composition, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble is proud to announce a series of concerts marking its 14th season.  Music Director Thomas Cunningham is on sabbatical this year in New Zealand and in his stead three leaders of New York’s choral art will conduct the MCE in three special concerts designed in collaboration with Mr. Cunningham.

In December, Deborah Simpkin King (Artistic Director and Founder, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and Co-Chair of the New York Choral Consortium) will continue the Reading and Carols tradition of the past three years with a choral reflection on a theme of Christmas – this year, Love.  The program will include inspiring works by Grieg, Gjeilo, Biebl, and Whitacre, interspersed with thoughtful readings and traditional Christmas carols.

In March, Andrew Megill (Associate Professor at Westminster Choir College, Chef de choeur for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Masterwork Chorus) will lead the MCE in a performance of Heinrich Schutz’s celebrated Musikalische Exequien with period instrument accompaniment.  A new piece inspired by this Baroque masterwork by rising star Caleb Burhans will complete the program, tying the ancient composition to the New York of today.

In May, the MCE is honored to welcome Joseph Flummerfelt to the podium in an evening of favorites from Maestro Flummerfelt’s 30-year conducting career.  Chorus Master to the New York Philharmonic, former Artistic Director of Westminster Choir College, and Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Dr. Flummerfelt has selected a program of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky, with a closing set of his own arrangements of well-loved folk songs.  This is a night not to be missed.

Tickets for these programs will go on sale six weeks prior to the concert dates.  Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to ensure timely notification of MCE news.

Listen to The Manhattan Choral Ensemble

Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu (Vespers, Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Libera Me (Requiem, Gabriel Fauré
Loch Lomond (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
O Magnum Myseterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria)
Ye Shall Have a Song (The Peaceable Kingdom, Randall Thompson)
Ubi Caritas (Maurice Duruflé)