20th Anniversary Season

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

To celebrate turning 20 this year, we gathered March 7, 2020 at The Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue for a night of singing, dancing, and greeting old friends.

Thank you to our current members and alumni, to our supporters, audience, and contributors. We were thrilled to have 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.

Earlier this Season

Messiah

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.