2016-2017 Season


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Save the date! On the heels of the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s playful performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, don’t miss our third RECONSTRUCTED concert – where choral classics are reimagined for the new millennium.

Earlier this Season

New Music for New York

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th St., Manhattan 10018

Three new choral commissions premiered at the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s singular choral music competition, New Music for New York. In the sixth year of this interactive concert, our audience selected “Recuerdo” by Alden Terry to win an encore performance and a cash prize. The evening was be capped off with works by Palestrina, Bairstow, Willan, Dunstable, and Casals, as well as beloved folk songs.

Our New Music for New York winners for 2016-17 were:

Alison Beck
Alison Beck
“Passing Faces”
Beata Moon
Beata Moon
“Union Square”
Alden Terry
Alden Terry

Over the course of our New Music for New York program, many of our submissions have featured the poetry of Sara Teasdale. One of our winning composers, Alison Beck, explains why:

A Russian Christmas

In 2016, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble performed the Christmas music of Old Russia, inside a landmark New York City church. A part of the MCE’s multi-year celebration of holiday music from around the world, choral masterworks by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Bortniansky were sung alongside traditional Russian carols.

A Russian Christmas
Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church
288 East 10th St., Manhattan 10009

Friday’s performance was recorded and broadcast on WWFM, and we also shared a sneak peek into rehearsals, featuring Director Tom Cunningham: