The Manhattan Choral Ensemble

The Victoria Requiem

Sojourn to golden-age Spain and revel in Tomás Luis de Victoria’s masterwork. Considered a “requiem for an age”—the pinnacle of Spain’s Renaissance period—this mass was composed on the death of Holy Roman Empress Mariá in Madrid. Victoria, one of her personal chaplains, received the duty of arranging music for her funeral. Composed in 1603, Victoria’s requiem is known for its expressive polyphony.

Sat, May 18, 8pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

New Music for New York 2024

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s annual choral music competition, New Music for New York, returned Saturday, February 24, as we premiered this season’s three winning compositions in a program that also featured beloved settings by Monteverdi, Barber, and others.

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 8pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37 Street (between 9th and 10th Avenue)
New York City

Our 2023-24 NMFNY Competition Winners

Andrew Ardizzoia
Approach of Winter
Gabriel Legros
Home Was Here
Lili Tobias
Last Thoughts of a Pigeon
Dying on Riverside Drive
between 100th and 101st Street

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble Announces the 2023-2024 Season!

Mark your calendars for the MCE’s exciting 2023-2024 season!

Friday, December 8th and Sunday, December 10th
A Ukrainian Christmas
Savor the richness of Ukraine’s choral history featuring works by Berezovsky, Diletsky, Bortniansky, and Aleksiychuk. You’ll hear a variety of music appropriate to the season: large choral pieces and traditional carols. We will close with perennial favorite “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych.

Saturday, February 24th
New Music For New York

Our annual emerging composer competition paired with choral favorites in the stunning DiMenna Center

Saturday, May 18th
The Victoria Requiem
Our season closer will be a Renaissance masterwork, the Officium Defunctorum of 1605 by Tomas Luis de Victoria

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The Many Hills Songbook

The Many Hills Songbook - Cover ImageIn celebration of the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s 20th Anniversary Season, we are proud to present The Many Hills Songbook. This collection of compositions from contemporary composers connected to New York City is intended to provide the choral community at large with a shared repertoire of songs that reflect our daily life. We are extraordinarily grateful for the composers who have contributed to this project, and allowed us to share their work with you through a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use. We hope you will download the songbook, share it with your singing partners, and find joy in the music echoing over the many hills of this world. Learn More & Download FREE »

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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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