2019-2020

20th Anniversary Season

In 2019-2020 the Manhattan Choral Ensemble celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Please save the date to join us for:

Handel’s Messiah
December 6 & 8, 2019

An MCE Community Sing-along Songbook
March 7, 2020

Encore! Celebrating 20 years of the MCE
May 16, 2020

Recent Performances

The Little Match Girl Passion

David Lang

Frances Pollock

Saturday June 1, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Our Saviour New York
417 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music, David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion has been hailed by Pitchfork as “the most profound and emotionally resonant work of [Lang’s] career.” The secular oratorio sets Hans Christian Andersen’s story in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, elevating the doomed fairy tale heroine to a Christ-like figure.


New Yorker Lang’s Passion was paired with Siren Song, a newly commissioned work by up-and-coming composer Frances Pollock.

American Masterworks

AARON COPLAND
In the Beginning

SAMUEL BARBER
Reincarnations

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.

¡Feliz Navidad! Christmas Music from the New World and Old

Friday December 7, 8:00 p.m.
St. Francis de Sales
135 East 96th St.
New York, NY 10128

Sunday December 9, 3:00 p.m.
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe
328 West 14th St.
New York, NY 10014

For its Christmas 2018 concert, the MCE immersed audiences in the holiday music of the Spanish-speaking world. Contemporary works by Josu Elberdin and Guarionex Morales Matos were sung alongside traditional sacred works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Juan García de Zéspedes, and Oscar Lorenzo Fernández. Traditional carols including the Catalan “E la don, don” and the charming villancico “Ríu Ríu Chíu” capped this heartwarming holiday program.

Mile Long Opera

MCE members pose during the Mile Long Opera

October 3-7, 2018
MCE members sang in the Mile Long Opera on New York’s High Line.