20th Anniversary Season

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s 20th Anniversary Gala: Music to be Sung with Friends

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
The Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue
80 Fifth Avenue (at 14th St.)
New York, NY 10011

Come raise a glass with the MCE!

We are turning 20 this year, so come join us to celebrate with a night of singing, dancing, and greeting old friends. (Also – an open bar!)

We have a lot to celebrate! What better way to debut “The Many Hills Songbook: To Be Sung Together” than to gather our community from the past 20 years for an evening of songs, dancing and revelry?

This event will serve a multitude of purposes: The premiere of “The Many Hills Songbook”, a chance for our community to celebrate the success of the MCE, a fundraising opportunity, as well as a homecoming for the 300 singers who have performed with the MCE over the last 20 years.

Composers whose works will make up the songbook include:
George Andoniadis • Victoria Bond • Greg Brown • Rich Campbell • Christian Carey • Patrick Castillo • Charles Griffin • Jaymay • David Kim • Ricardo Llorca • Nico Muhly • Frances Pollack • George Steel • Martha Sullivan • Joelle Wallach • Davide Zannoni

Let’s say thank you to our current members and alumni, and give our supporters, audience, and contributors a chance to come together in celebration of the MCE and continue to build on the musical community dreamt of by Tom Cunningham and Matt Laufer back in 2001, with a premiere performance of “The Many Hills Songbook,” together with a cocktail reception and dancing on the hilly island of Manhattan.

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Encores – New Music for New York

Saturday, May 16, 2020

To cap this anniversary season, we will present 20 works for our 20 years of music-making: 10 audience favorites from our New Music for New York commissioning project paired with 10 choral classics from the last 500 years. We are immensely proud of the music we’ve put into the world through the last two decades and we are looking forward to singing some of these memorable favorites for you again!

Earlier this Season


George Frideric Handel

The Full Messiah
Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.
Messiah Choruses and Carols
Sunday, December 8, 3:00 p.m.

Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128

The Full Messiah

Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble sang the full Messiah with 50-voice chorus, soloists, and period orchestra in the beautiful wooden acoustics of the Church of the Holy Trinity. The MCE performed the Messiah for the first time this winter as part of our 20th anniversary celebration, with a chorus the same size as that which premiered the work under Handel’s baton in 1742. This special two-hour performance featured all your favorite arias and choruses, including I Know My Redeemer Liveth and the Hallelujah Chorus.

Messiah Choruses and Carols

Sunday, December 8, 3:00 p.m.

Continuing our tradition of family-friendly Sunday matinee Christmas concerts, the MCE performed well-loved carol settings between selected favorite choruses from Handel’s Messiah. This one-hour performance featured highlights from the Messiah, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied by a period string quintet, trumpet, and harpsichord. To round out this festive holiday program, Conductor Thomas Cunningham and Assistant Conductor Tyrone Clinton welcomed the audience to join the chorus in singing classic Christmas carols, closing with Silent Night.