20th Anniversary Season

Music to be Sung with Friends

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Music has a way of bringing people together. For 20 years, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble has cultivated a strong, sustained community around a shared love of diverse choral repertoire. From new music to choral masterworks, the MCE strives to make each of its concerts relevant and accessible to all. Now, to celebrate two decades of music-making, the MCE has  commissioned an original songbook that reflects the enduring social bonds that it has built —with audiences, composers, and fellow singers. Once completed, the songbook will be sent to choirs around the country and made available as a free online download. It will be our gift to the choral community.

Come raise a glass with the MCE, and help us breathe life into songs that explore various facets of friendship — including (but not limited to) drinking songs!

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

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.