The Manhattan Choral Ensemble

American Masterworks

In the Beginning


Saturday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.

Aaron Copland with Samuel Barber in Bernardsville, NJ, 1945  (Victor Kraft/Library of Congress )

Church of the Incarnation
209 Madison Avenue (at 35th Street)
New York, NY 10016

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble was thrilled to revisit two of the choir’s most beloved works: Samuel Barber’s Reincarnations and Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning. First performed by the MCE in 2006, these pieces hold a special place in the choir’s history.

Both pieces premiered in the late 1940’s, representing a high water mark in American choral compositions. Copland, along with composers such as Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, led the vanguard of creating a jazz-tinged populist sound, while Samuel Barber’s Neo-Romantic style explores a distinctly New World reconceptualization of traditional European structures.

Selections rounding out the program included Shawn Kirchner’s arrangement of Unclouded Day, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, and other popular folk settings.

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About the Manhattan Choral Ensemble

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble is a 40-voice, independent choir dedicated to passionate performance of choral masterworks and contemporary compositions. The MCE performs in historic New York spaces and creates programming in partnership with musicians of diverse backgrounds and genres. Winner of the 2016 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the MCE fosters the musical life of the city through its innovative commissioning project, New Music for New York.

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