Readings and Carols: Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble completes its five-year sequence of Readings and Carols concerts with a final concert series celebrating the universal themes of Christmastime: Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. In celebration of our 15th season, the MCE will perform favorites from past concerts, including the Biebl Ave Maria, Thompson’s Alleluia, and Wassail Song by Vaughan Williams. A recomposition of the ancient carol Quem Pastores by the celebrated New York composer James Bassi and a new setting by rising star Oja Gjeilo of the tender hymn Ubi Caritas are also featured on this extraordinary program.

Come hear the MCE’s greatest hits of Christmas past in two of New York’s most beautiful churches: Church of the Blessed Sacrament, a Gothic masterpiece, and Church of the Holy Trinity, a wooden marvel full of light and warmth.

Friday, Dec 12, 2014, 8pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 West 71st Street
New York City

Fri, Dec 12, 8pm

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014, 3pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th Street
New York City

Sun, Dec 14, 3pm


New Music For New York Composer Competition Concert

The MCE’s singular choral music competition, New Music for New York, will return in February, as we premiere the three winning compositions in a program capped off with beloved folksongs, well-known madrigals, and a new work by music director Thomas Cunningham.

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015, 8pm
Mary Flagler Cary Hall
The Dimenna Center For Classical Music
450 West 37th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
New York City


M0NT3V3RD1 Reconstructed: Songs of Love and War

Our season will conclude with M0NT3V3D1 Reconstructed, a musical exploration of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Madrigals of Love and War,” showcasing six dynamic settings of passionate Italian poetry mixed with new works by leading New York composers reflecting on Monteverdi’s masterwork. This performance will feature historical instrumental accompaniment creatively merged with modern electronic percussion.

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8pm
Church of the Incarnation
209 Madison Avenue at 35th Street
New York City