Our 13th Season – 2012-2013


Christmas in New York: Hope

The MCE continues its five-year thematic exploration of the ideas of Christmas as realized through a diverse selection of readings and choral works. This December, the theme is Hope. The program will feature choral music by Rachmaninoff, Thomson, and Byrd, and literary passages from New York icons, as well as Christmas carols to be sung by the audience and the choir.

Psalms of New York, featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Pslams

An extraordinary evening of choral music by New York composers exploring the mystical psalms of the Old Testament is planned for March, 2013. New works written expressly for this performance will be premiered alongside illustrations by New York artists, bringing to life these ancient poems in one of New York’s most beautiful churches. Following music by Corigliano, Thomson, McFerrin, and Muhly, the program will conclude with Leonard Bernstein’s luminous Chichester Psalms for choir and instruments, sung in Hebrew.

The Cyclops on Cutting Edge Concerts

The MCE will join Sequitur and Victoria Bond for a world premiere performance of Cyclops, a setting by Bond of portions of the “Cyclops” section from James Joyce’s Ulysses. This innovative piece will combine chorus, orchestra, and actors in a reimagining of this pivotal and dramatic episode from a 20th Century masterwork.

New Music for New York Composition Competition

The MCE will continue its long-running choral composition program New Music for New York by premiering the three winners of our springtime competition. Three new works for choir based on themes of New York City will open our concert, and we will close with a repeat performance of the audience-selected grand prize winner. In between, the MCE will perform favorite folksongs, partsongs, and madrigals to round out an engaging evening combining the new and the familiar.

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)