The Scarlet Pimpernel in Concert
Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Scarlet Pimpernel in Concert

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Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP) presents the seventh annual presentation of its beloved Broadway Series with the critically acclaimed musical The Scarlet Pimpernel. Jeff Calhoun (Stage Director) and Jason Howland (Music Director) will lead this concert performance featuring a chorus of over 200 singers from across the United States, a stunning professional cast and creative team, and the outstanding New York City Chamber Orchestra.

With music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan Knighton, The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th-century novel of the same name, which takes place at the peak of the French Revolution and the fight for liberty, equality and fraternity. Set in England and France, The Scarlet Pimpernel tells the story of an English nobleman, Sir Percy Blakeney, who adopts a secret identity to battle the forces of evil during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.

Cast and creative team to be announced soon.

The Scarlet Pimpernel joins MCP’s previous Broadway Series concert performances, which include Broadway Classics in Concert (2018), Crazy for You  (2017), The Secret Garden (2016), Parade (2015), Titanic (2014), The Hunchback of Notre Dame workshop (2014), Broadway Classics in Concert (2013), and Ragtime (2013).

Tickets, starting at $50, are on sale now! Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.lincolncenter.org; calling CenterCharge (212) 721- 6500; or by visiting the David Geffen Hall box office at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue at 65th Street).

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Rutter: Requiem
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Rutter: Requiem

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A work to behold, don’t miss John Rutter’s enchanting Requiem, performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, professional orchestra and soprano soloist, led by conductor Sandra Snow at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. Rutter’s Requiem is a seven-movement musical adaption of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass beginning with the “Requiem” and ending with “Lux aeterna”, using Latin text throughout his mass, as well as solely English. 

Conductor Sandra Snow’s currently holds appointments in conducting and music education at Michigan State University College of Music, where she works with undergraduate and graduate students in conducting, choral pedagogy, and choral singing. In 2007 she was a recipient of MSU’s Teacher-Scholar Award, which recognizes devotion to and skill in teaching as well as scholarly promise.

The evening will also feature the National Festival Chorus in wonderful array of choral classics including Telemann’s “Laudate Jehovam, omnes gentes”, Thomas’ “I Dream a World”, Narverud’s “Sisi Ni Moja”, and more, all under the baton of conductor Jeffrey Benson.

Jeffrey Benson is currently Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California, and has served as cover conductor for the Grammy award-winning Washington Chorus, where he helped to prepare the ensemble for Maestros Julian Wachner, Leonard Slatkin and Marvin Hamlisch. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles.”

Don’t miss Rutter’s classic Requiem and the National Festival Chorus at the beautiful Grace Cathedral in San Francisco!

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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Robert Ray: Gospel Mass
Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

Robert Ray: Gospel Mass

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MCP presents a fantastic evening of gospel and rhythm at world-renowned Carnegie Hall featuring Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, as well a selection of choral classics. Performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus and professional soloists, Maestro Anton Armstong conducts Ray’s Gospel Mass for a one-night only performance.

For centuries, the world's great composers have set the Ordinary of the Mass in a wide variety of styles. Composer Robert Ray has surrounded these texts with the joyous styles of contemporary African-American music in his Gospel Mass. All six movements work collectively to form a truly powerful performance experience.

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus, led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone performing Byrd’s “Ave verum corpus”, Brahms’ “Der Gang zum Liebchen”, Runestad’s “Alleluia”, and more.

Maestro Blackstone served as director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for 30 years. In 2006, he received two Grammy Awards ("Best Choral Performance" and "Best Classical Album") as chorus master for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom's monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The recent Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorus master, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award ("Best Opera Recording"). 

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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National Children's Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus
Mar
25
8:00 PM20:00

National Children's Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus

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Join conductors Daniel Bara and Deanna Joseph at world-renowned Carnegie Hall as they lead the National Festival Chorus in a fantastic program of choral works including Copland’s “Zion’s Walls”, Handel’s “And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah, Dilworth’s “I Sing Because I’m Happy”, and more. Deanna Joseph is an active guest conductor and clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than eleven states. Dr. Joseph is the Director of Choral Activities at the Georgia State University School of Music. Daniel Bara is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia, where he oversees seven university choral ensembles as well as the graduate conducting program.

Both highly sought after conductors bring a wealth of choral expertise to this fantastic choral concert.

The concert will also feature the National Children’s Festival Chorus, led by conductor Henry Leck, performing "Vivaldi’s “Tecum Principium” from Dixit Dominus, DiOrio’s “Life Has Loveliness to Sell”, Juneau’s “I Believe in the Sun”, and more.

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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Tim Sharp: Missa Eclectica
Apr
1
8:00 PM20:00

Tim Sharp: Missa Eclectica

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Manhattan Concert Productions is excited to present Missa Eclectica, a choral masterpiece curated and conducted by Maestro Tim Sharp at world-renowned Carnegie Hall. This one-night only choral concert will feature the Masterwork Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra, as well as a performance from the National Festival Chorus, led by conductor Alan Zabriskie.

Conductor Tim Sharp will lead the Masterwork Festival Chorus and the New York City Chamber Orchestra in Missa Eclectica, a choral work designed and curated specifically for this concert. Missa Eclectica is a one-of-a-kind choral mass, using one movement from seven of the most famous choral masses, including Faure’s Requiem - Sanctus, Bach’s Mass in B Minor - Credo, and Rachmaninov’s Vespers - Gloria.

Dr. Tim Sharp is the Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the world’s largest association of choral conductors, teachers, students, scholars, composers, and choral industry representatives. Dr. Sharp appears regularly as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the world, with recent performances in Austria, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Ireland, England and China.

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus alongside conductor Alan Zabriskie performing Schubert’s “Der Tanz”, Elder’s “Lullaby”, Rist’s “Invictus”, and more. Alan Zabriskie is Director of Choral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Tech University and has served as chorus master for the Utah Lyric Opera, Florida State University Opera, and has conducted honor choirs and served as clinician in choral festivals and conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. He has also conducted choirs on performance tours in the United States and abroad.

Don’t miss this unique evening of choral masterpieces, and a wonderful performance from the National Festival Chorus at legendary Carnegie Hall!

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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Z. Randall Stroope: Carmina Pax
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Z. Randall Stroope: Carmina Pax

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Bask in a breathtaking new masterwork from beloved American composer, Z. Randall Stroope’s Carmina Pax this April in the historic surrounds of Carnegie Hall. Featuring the Masterwork Festival Chorus, prominent soloists, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra, led by distinguished conductor and the composer himself, Z. Randal Stroope.

Composer and conductor Z. Randall Stroope will present his new work Carmina Pax, which was premiered in March 2018 by the Arlington Master Chorale. Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and lecturer. Recent conducting engagements include Hong Kong, Rome, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), and the Vatican, among others. Randall’s composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré). 

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus with conductor Andrew Last performing Mozart’s '“Dixit Dominus” from Vesperae solennes de confessore, Koppin’s “There Is No Rose”, Chilcott’s “Even Such Is Time”, and more. Conductor Andrew Last is Associate Professor of Music at Luther College where he conducts the Nordic Choir and teaches conducting. He also serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Luther. An integral part of the vibrant choral program at Luther College, choirs participate in the annual Christmas at Luther celebration, perform in biennial oratorios, and are featured at regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions.

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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New York City Jazz Festival
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

New York City Jazz Festival

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Hosted at New York City’s acclaimed Symphony Space, the New York City Jazz Festival gives instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles the opportunity to perform as part of a ticketed daytime concert while receiving recorded comments from an outstanding panel of nationally-recognized jazz experts. Don’t miss this exciting day of jazz!

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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MCP: 20th Anniversary Concert
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

MCP: 20th Anniversary Concert

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Manhattan Concert Productions proudly presents its 20th Anniversary Concert with conductors Craig Arnold, Duane Davis, and Simon Carrington for one night only at world-renowned Carnegie Hall! Reuniting 20 years later and to mark MCP’s 20th Anniversary Season, all three conductors will be presenting the same masterworks they first conducted 20 years ago to the date. This is a concert not to be missed!

Under the batons of these esteemed conductors, the Masterwork Festival Chorus, professional soloists, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra, the program will include Mozart’s riveting Coronation Mass, one of Mozart’s most popular masses and an overall spirited work, Vivaldi’s magnificent Gloria, another favorite among listeners, and lastly Fauré’s serene Requiem.

Craig Arnold has conducted in most of the United States, frequently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and other major venues throughout the world. Having recently completed a tenure as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he is currently the Artistic Director and Chairman of Manhattan Concert Productions, which he founded in 1999. He is also conductor of the professional Manhattan Chorale.

Duane Davis is Instructor of Vocal Jazz in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. He has taught in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area since 1969 where he recently retired as Director of Vocal Music at Grand Rapids Community College. He also previously served on the WMU faculty as director of Gold Company and GC II. 

Since 1986, Davis has served as Chorus Master for Opera Grand Rapids. He is the recipient of the 2003 ARTS Award, presented by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, and most recently he received the Maynard Klein Award for Choral Excellence, presented annually by the American Choral Directors Association of Michigan. 

Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, in the UK, the USA and around the world. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to national and now international prominence, attracting the interest of his successors, Masaaki Suzuki, director of the Bach Collegium Japan and David Hill, conductor of the BBC Singers and the Bach Choir in London. During his Yale tenure he led the introduction of a new graduate voice degree for singers specializing in oratorio, early music and chamber ensemble. From 2001 until his Yale appointment, he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, Boston, where he was selected by the students for the Krasner Teaching Excellence Award and from where he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2014, and from 1994 to 2001 he held a similar position at the University of Kansas.

All highly sought-after conductors, each brings a wealth of choral expertise to this fantastic choral concert!

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

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Manhattan Concert Productions presents The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by composer René Clausen at Lincoln Center’s intimate Alice Tully Hall! This exciting work will be led by father and son guest conductors and composers René Clausen and Joshua Clausen.

Written by René Clausen, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere is scored for choir and wind symphony. Using the famous Longfellow poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", Dr. Clausen's five movements invoke the excitement of the horse ride as well as the quiet of the streets, the beauty of the night, the history of the rickety old bell tower, and the breathless excitement as the message is delivered. Clausen’s The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere was commissioned and premiered by Eastern New Mexico University in 2008.

René Clausen is professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. He is the artistic director of the Emmy award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation.

In addition, René is a renowned composer and arranger, having written more than 100 commissioned compositions for organizations such as The King’s Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a frequent guest conductor, composer-in-residence, clinician and lecturer. Clausen has conducted such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and several of his own works including Gloria – in three movements.

Described by Public Radio International as “powerful” and “poignant,” Joshua Clausen’s works frequently fuse strong rhythmic textures, intense harmony and intricate patterning with narratives from history, mass culture and current events. Performances of Clausen’s works include the 2018 Tribeca New Music Festival, a 2019 showcase of Clausen’s choral works in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Ensemble Mise-En, among others. Clausen’s music has been featured on PRI’s The World with Marco Werman and Classical Minnesota Public Radio. 

Joshua Clausen’s music has been recognized by a McKnight Composer Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the American Composers Forum, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He is also a member of the Spitting Image Collective, a Twin-Cities group dedicated to composer-curated programming, and mentors young composers during the American Composers Forums’ annual NextNotes initiative.

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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Kirby Shaw: Turn the World Around
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Kirby Shaw: Turn the World Around

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Don’t miss an evening of choral music with the Masterwork Festival Chorus, the National Festival Chorus, and the National Children’s Festival Chorus this June as part of MCP’s Summer Concert Series at Carnegie Hall!

American composer, arranger, conductor, and pedagogue, Kirby Shaw will lead the Masterwork Festival Chorus and the New York City Chamber Orchestra in his very own work Turn the World Around.

Kirby Shaw is one of the most prolific composer/arrangers of choral music, publishing over 2500 pieces of music and has made a major impact in choral music education, sharing his musicalexpertise in 45 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, China, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, and the Philippines. Kirby taught in the Mt. Shasta public schools before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also pioneered similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of Missouri - Kansas City, and is now directing the Jefferson State Choral Coalition at Southern Oregon University.

The concert will also feature a wonderful program of choral works from the National Festival Chorus, led by conductor Z. Randall Stroope and a performance from the National Children’s Festival Chorus, led by MCP Conductor-in-Residence Brian Clissold.

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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Schumann: Requiem & Haydn: Paukenmesse
Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Schumann: Requiem & Haydn: Paukenmesse

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MCP presents Schumann’s Requiem and Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the Masterwork Festival Chorus, professional soloists, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra, led by conductors Heather Mitchell and Eliza Rubenstein, as well as a performance from the National Children’s Festival Chorus, with conductor Robyn Lana at world-renowned Carnegie Hall!

After the Schumanns moved to Dusseldorf towards the end of his life, Robert Schumann became interested in the musical forms of the Catholic church, and the Mass and the Requiem. Schumann’s Requiem moves from majestic and internal to terrifying, and similar to Mozart, Schumann began composing a Mass for the dead during a time of illness and other hardships, and he expressed his fears that it was his own Requiem that he was writing.

Schumann’s Requiem will be conducted by MCP Conductor-in-Residence Heather Mitchell. Mitchell is currently the Artistic Director for the Hopewell Valley Chorus and is an Alto for the Manhattan Choral Ensemble. As a specialist in unfamiliar repertoire (e.g. the Schumann Requiem), this year Heather founded the professional vocal ensemble, FIVE LINES, to perform such works and bring attention to pieces by major composers that have been overlooked. Her teaching spans from children’s choirs to collegiate. Most notably, she was a director with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, the head of the choral department at Anoka Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus, MN, and a music professor at Rollins College, FL. In 2006, Heather earned the Emerging Conductor Award from the Minnesota Chorale and has received Outstanding Conductor and Outstanding Achievement in Choral Music awards. She has been sought out as a clinician and judge for many choral festivals, including the Arizona Music Educators Association, All American Music Festival, and OrlandoFest.

Haydn's compelling Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse (Mass in the Time of War), is one of the most popular of Haydn’s fourteen mass settings. Known also as the Paukenmesse due to the dramatic and driving use of timpani (pauken) throughout, the masterwork culminates in a beautiful celebration of peace with “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Conducted by Eliza Rubenstein, Rubenstein is the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Orange Coast College and the Artistic Director of the Orange County Women's Chorus and the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. Ensembles under Eliza's direction have performed at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall's REDCAT Theater, the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, where the OCWC was a 2015 prizewinner, among others. She conducted the Carnegie Hall premiere of Kirke Mechem's cantata Songs of the Slave in 2017. The Orange County Register has praised her "expert direction," and the Long Beach Gazette has said that "musically and technically, she has it all."

The concert will also feature the National Children’s Festival Chorus led by conductor Robyn Lana in a selection of short choral works. Robyn Reeves Lana is the Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor of the award winning Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC), Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department (CCM). Under her leadership, CCC earned a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games, and in December 2015, CCC received the prestigious American Prize for Choral Performance in Youth Choirs. Lana is also on the choral faculty at Xavier University.

Recognized for building tone, artistry, and independent musicianship in children and youth, Lana has been invited to present nationally and conduct international, state and regional honor and festival choirs throughout the U.S. and abroad. She regularly prepares her choirs for collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and CCM choirs and orchestras achieving an extensive list of orchestral and operatic repertoire for children and praise from collaborating conductors including John Adams, Louis Langrée, John Morris Russell, Marcus Huber, James Conlon, Earl Rivers and Mark Gibson among others. She prepared CCC for two Telarc label recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Erich Kunzel. 

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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National Children's Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

National Children's Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus

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Don't miss an evening of renowned choral works with the National Children's Festival Chorus and the National Festival Chorus under the dynamic leadership of Emily Ellsworth and René Clausen on Monday evening, June 24 at 7pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago in Chicago! 

Conductor Emily Ellsworth will lead the National Children’s Festival Chorus in an array of choral anthems including Mendelssohn’s “Lift Thine Eyes” from Elijah, Antognini’s “Kyrie Eleison”, “Come Dance and Sing” (Shaker song), and more.

Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of youth chorus directors, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since 1996. Under her direction, Anima has won several national awards, including the 2013 ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming from Chorus America. She has prepared various ensembles within Anima for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Bach Project, Grant Park Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Sinfonietta, and many others.

The concert will also feature the National Children's Festival Chorus, led by René Clausen featuring an exciting array of choral works. René Clausen is professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. He is the artistic director of the Emmy award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation. Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written more than 100 commissioned compositions for organizations such as The King’s Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the American Choral Directors Association. Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen, a 13-track recording of compositions by Clausen sung by the Kansas City Chorale won two Grammy® Awards in 2013, including Best Choral Performance. 

To learn more about participating in this concert, please email info@mcp.us or call (877) or (212) 279-1147. Please check back later for ticketing information.

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Evening of Classical Masterworks
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Evening of Classical Masterworks

Don't miss an evening of renowned choral works with the National Children's Festival Chorus under the dynamic leadership of Lynne Joy Jenkins on Monday evening, June 25 at 7pm at St. James Cathedral in Chicago! 

Stephen Buzard is organist and choirmaster for the St James Cathedral Choir and principal musician of St James Cathedral. Formerly acting organist and director of music at the esteemed Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City, Stephen is a graduate of Westminster Choir College (2010) and Yale University Institute of Sacred Music (2013). He was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition and was recently named one of the top 20 organists under 30 by The Diapason magazine. Stephen's premier recording, "In Light or Darkness," (Delos) has received wide critical acclaim and is Associate of the American Guild of Organists.

The concert will also feature the National Children's Festival Chorus in an array of choral works, including Haydn's O Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice from The Creation, Dan Forrest's Psalm 8 (Adonai, Adonenu), Lisa Young's Thulele Mama Ya, and more conducted by Lynnel Joy Jenkins.

Don't miss this exciting evening of music at the beautiful St. James Cathedral in Chicago!

Ticket sales will close Monday, June 25 at 8 AM EST. After this time, tickets will only be available for collection at the door 30 minutes prior to concert performance


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Fauré: REQUIEM
Jun
24
8:30 PM20:30

Fauré: REQUIEM

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Fauré's Requiem performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus and soloists, with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and conductor Barry Scott Williamson at world-renowned Carnegie Hall. 

Conductor Barry Scott Williamson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Texas Bach Festival, has a lengthy and revered international history of conducting innovation and accomplishment. Known for his dynamic performances of 18th century repertoire, his knowledge and affinity with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries has been of particular significance. His work with the Austin Civic Chorus (1987-1991) elevated the organization into one of Austin's leading choral organizations, including historic performances of Bach's B Minor Mass,  Mozart's RequiemThamosKönig in Ägypten and Exsultatejubilate, and more.

The concert will also feature the National Children's Festival Chorus, led by conductor Elena Sharkova, performing an array of choral works including Rachmaninoff's Angel (No. 6 from Six Choruses) and Spring Waters, a Manhattan Concert Productions commission of Ken Berg's Cantate!, and more. 

Also featured will be the Young Woman's Choral Projects of San Francisco. 


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Mozart: CORONATION MASS
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Mozart: CORONATION MASS

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Mozart’s Mass in C Major “Coronation Mass” (K.317) performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, and soloists with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and Grammy® Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone.

Grammy® Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone is director of Choirs and chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches conducting at the graduate level, and administers a choral program of eleven choirs. In February 2006, he received two Grammy® Awards ("Best Choral Performance" and "Best Classical Album") as chorusmaster for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom's monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The recent Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorusmaster, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy® Award ("Best Opera Recording"). 

The concert will also feature the National Children’s Festival Chorus, led by conductor Anthony Trecek-King performing Andrea Ramsey’s But A Flints Holds Fire, Scott Wheeler’s Free Land, Craig Hella Johnson’s Will There Really Be A “Morning”?, Rollo Dilworth's Trilogy of Dreams, and more. 

Named one of Boston’s most stylish in 2012, Anthony Trecek-King is the Artistic Director and conductor of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction, the youth chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the White House. The Boston Globe calls the choir “angelic and dazzling,” while His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan heralds it as “superb,” and conductor Federico Cortese lauds BCC as “one of the emerging forces in Boston music life.” Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as “moving” and possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.”


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Duruflé: REQUIEM
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Duruflé: REQUIEM

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Manhattan Concert Productions presents Duruflé's exquisite Requiem with the Masterwork Festival Chorus, professional soloists, organ, and timpani, conducted by Anton Armstrong at the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C . Duruflé’s Requiem is some of the most beautiful music ever written. The use of themes from Gregorian chant throughout results in utterly spellbinding movements.

Guest Conductor Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale. Dr. Armstrong has frequently conducted ensembles and appeared before regional, national and international gatherings. In recent years he has guest conducted such noted ensembles as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony and Symphony Chorus, the Utah Voices and Salt Lake City Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Westminster Choir and the American Boychoir.  

The evening will also feature Gulf Coast University Wind Ensemble and Mariachi Mestizo. 

Don't miss an evening of classical music at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!


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Haydn: CREATION / Forrest: JUBILATE DEO
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

Haydn: CREATION / Forrest: JUBILATE DEO

Manhattan Concert Productions presents an evening of classical masterworks with excerpts from Haydn's Creation and American composer Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo with the Masterwork Festival Chorus, professional soloists, and New York City Chamber Orchestra at world-renowned Carnegie Hall!

Guest Conductor Bruce Chamberlain will lead the Masterwork Festival Chorus, New York City Chamber Orchestra, and Soprano, Tenor and Bass soloists with excerpts from Haydn's Creation including Now vanish before the holy beamsAnd God made the firmamentIn splendour bright is rising nowAnd God saw ev’ry thing that he had madeAchieved is the glorious work, and more.

Also featured will be Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo, which made its New York Carnegie Hall debut last year. Guest Conductor Henry Leck will lead the Masterwork Festival Chorus, Children's Festival Chorus, New York City Chamber Orchestra, and Soprano and Mezzo-soprano soloist for this joyous work.

The concert will open with the National Festival Chorus with guest conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope in an array of choral works including Vaughan Williams' Let All the World in Every Corner Sing (Antiphon from "Five Mystical Songs"), Dan Forrest's The Music of Living, Stoope's very own Consecrate the Place and Day and Song to the Moon (La Luna), and more. 


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SYMPHONIC SERIES FOR BANDS & ORCHESTRAS
Jun
11
12:00 PM12:00

SYMPHONIC SERIES FOR BANDS & ORCHESTRAS

SYMPHONIC SERIES FOR BANDS & ORCHESTRS

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The Julien Winds

Nicholas Bratcher, Director
 


OKOAP and Mojo-Rimba

Bonnie Anderson, Director


Cedarville High School Band

Alan Jacobus, Director


Advanced Full Orchestra Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Robert Kenny, William Magalio and Peter Stevenson, Directors


Escambia High School Band

Douglas Holsworth and Dustin Hicklen, Directors

 

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Schubert: MASS IN G
Apr
29
8:30 PM20:30

Schubert: MASS IN G

Don't miss Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus and soloists with New York City Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jefferson Johnson at legendary Carnegie Hall. Considered to be one of Franz Schubert's most popular works, Mass No. 2 sets out to create an overall devotional mood through its modest use of music and chorus.

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus, led by conductors Tim Peter and Sandra Peter, performing an array of choral classics including Brahms’s Der Gang Zum Liebchen (The Trysting Song), Copland's Zion's Walls, Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty's Wheels of a Dream (from Ragtime), Joan Szymko’s Here, and more.

Also featured will be Arlington High School Wind Ensemble directed by Richard F. Guillen.


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Mozart: REQUIEM
Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Mozart: REQUIEM

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Mozart's Requiem performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus and soloists, with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Douma, Mozart’s famously unfinished final masterpiece, Requiem, continues to have a powerful impact with listeners and remains a staple in the classical repertoire.

Since the fall of 2003, conductor Jeffrey Douma has served as director of the Yale Glee Club, hailed under his direction by The New York Times as “one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous.” Douma has appeared as a guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus, led by conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe, performing an array of choral works including Mendelssohn’s Verleih’ uns Frieden, Vaughan Williams' Let All the World in Every Corner Sing (Antiphon from “Five Mystical Songs”), and more.

Also featured will be the Impalaphonics, directed by Sharon Darland.


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Thompson: FROSTIANA
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Thompson: FROSTIANA

Join us for an evening of classical masterworks, featuring the National Festival Chorus and guest conductors Julie Yu & Joshua Oppenheim and composer and conductor Andrea Ramsey on Monday evening, April 16 at 7pm at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The National Festival Chorus, led by guest conductors Julie Yu and Joshua Oppenheim will perform American composer Randall Thompson's Frostiana (Seven Country Songs). In 1958, the town of Amherst commissioned Randall Thompson to compose a choral work commemorating its bicentennial. Thompson chose seven Frost poems and titled his piece, Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, opening with Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken."

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus with guest conductor and composer Andrea Ramsey in an array of choral works. The program includes Bohm's Still Wie Die Nacht, Casals' Nigra Sum, Ramsey's very own truth and To Hold All Sounds, and more.

Don't miss this exciting evening of choral music at the historic National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.!

Ticket sales will close Sunday, April 15 at 10 AM EST. After this time, tickets will only be available for collection at the door 30 minutes prior to concert performance


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Burchard: THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00
Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras
Apr
9
9:00 AM09:00

Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras

Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras


Oliver Ames High School Orchestra

Michael Korn, Director


Southwest High School Wind Ensemble

Patrick Yanni, Director


Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music Tour Group

Mark A. Mutter, Director


James E. Taylor High School Orchestra

Clinton Capshaw & Tiffany Webb, Directors


York Comprehensive High Wind Ensemble

Laura C. Brooks & Douglas W. Brooks, Directors


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New York City Jazz Festival
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

New York City Jazz Festival

New York City Jazz Festival


The Real Group


John Fedchock's New York Big Band


The Mansfieldians


Manhattan Concert Productions presents the 15th annual New York City Jazz Festival, featuring the groundbreaking Swedish vocal ensemble, The Real Group, at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater.  

The Real Group is a professional a cappella ensemble from Sweden, in constant development since their formation in 1984, and is one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music today. Their unique blend of perfection, personality, and diverse repertoire has made it possible for the group to collaborate with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, pop bands and international artists. Members of The Real Group are Emma Nilsdotter, Katarina Henryson, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther, and Janis Strazdins.

This concert will include a featured performance from The Mansfieldians, a select ensemble of eight singers from Mansfield University, who specialize in vocal jazz repertoire, led by Sheryl Monkelien.

Also performing will be the 16-piece John Fedchock New York Big Band. John Fedchock has risen through the musical ranks to emerge as leader of one of the freshest, most exciting big bands in jazz. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of Jazz at The Apollo Theater!

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NEW YORK CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

NEW YORK CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL

The MCP New York City Jazz Festival presents the Annual Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Ensembles Recital Series. Select ensembles will be featured in adjudicated matinee performances with commentary by acclaimed guest clinicians. You don’t want to miss this day of “America’s music” – Jazz!

Featuring: Almaty Youth Jazz Band, Bossier Talented Arts Jazz Band, CPFA Jazz Mavericks, Fairfield College Prep Encords, Fairfield College Prep Jazzuits, Lakewood High School Jazz Band, Lakewood Voices, and Southwest High School Jazz Ensemble. 

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Vivaldi's GLORIA
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

Vivaldi's GLORIA

Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi

Masterwork Festival Chorus

Dianna Campbell, Conductor




Arvada West High School Varsity West

Christopher Maunu, Director


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Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras
Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras

Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras


Bridle Path/Montgomery Elementary Select String Ensemble

Ralph T. Jackson, Director

 

Natrona County High School Symphonic Band

Shawn Weis, Director

 

Niwot High School Symphony

Kristine Coniway & Wade Hendricks, Directors

 

Plano East Sr. High School Orchestra

Ann Smith & Jeremy Pillow, Directors

 

Salem Middle School Symphonic Band

H.T. Monte, Director


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NATIONAL FESTIVAL CHORUS AT LINCOLN CENTER
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

NATIONAL FESTIVAL CHORUS AT LINCOLN CENTER


Manhattan Concert Productions presents the National Festival Chorus led by guest conductor Jeffrey Benson in a collection of short choral works including  Mozart’s Due Pupille Amabili, Dilworth’s Duond Akuru, Narverud’s Sisi ni moja and more.

The program will also feature the Manhattan School of Music with conductor Ronnie Oliver, Jr. and the University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus with conductor Jefferson Johnson. Don’t miss the wonderful evening of choral music at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall!


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Haydn's Te Deum & Little Organ Mass
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Haydn's Te Deum & Little Organ Mass


Join us for an evening of classical masterworks featuring  Haydn's Little Organ Mass, Te Deum and a selection of choral works by renowned composer and conductor René Clausen with the Masterwork Festival Chorus, National Festival Chorus, orchestra and esteemed soloists.

The Masterwork Festival Chorus, led by guest conductor Joshua Habermann will perform both Haydn works. Written around 1775, Haydn's Missa Brevis (short mass) features soprano soloist, four-part mixed choir, two violins, organ and bass, it is known as the Kleine Orgelsolomesse (Little Organ Mass) due to its extended organ solo in the Benedictus movement. Haydn's choral masterpiece Te Deum written in three parts was a commission from Empress Marie Therese, the wife of Franz I of Austria.

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus in an array of choral works by composer and conductor René Clausen. Currently a professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Clausen has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. He is also the artistic director of the Emmy award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation.

Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written more than 100 commissioned compositions for organizations such as The Kings Singers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a frequent guest conductor, composer-in-residence, clinician and lecturer. Clausen has conducted such works as Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Brahms' Requiem, Britten's War Requiem and several of his own works including Gloria in three movements. On several occasions, Clausen has conducted at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall.

Don't miss this exciting evening of choral music at the beautiful Grace Cathedral in San Francisco!

Ticket sales will close Friday, March 16 at 10 AM EST. After this time, tickets will only be available for collection at the door 30 minutes prior to concert performance


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Evening of Classical Music - Debut Series
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Evening of Classical Music - Debut Series


Manhattan Concert Productions presents a Debut Series Concert featuring Scarsdale High School Wind EnsembleMcMurry University Chanters & Wind Ensemble, and La Sierra University Wind Ensemble for an evening of classical music at world-renowned Carnegie Hall. 

Featuring Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble, led by Director Jason Noble and Guest Director Patrick J. Burns, highlights will include the New York Premiere of Patrick Burns' Oasis and John Mackey's The Frozen Cathedral.

Also performing will be McMurry University Chanters & Wind Ensemble, led by Directors Dr. David Wallis and Dr. David Robinson, in a program including John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and David Wallis' Enter the Gates.

La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, led by Director Giovanni Santos, will close the concert performing Paul Hindemith's “March” from Metamorphosis, the East Coast Premiere of Anthony León's Tus Ojos, and more. 


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Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras
Mar
5
1:00 PM13:00

Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras

Symphonic Series for Bands & Orchestras


Ligon Chamber Orchestra

Ruth Johnsen, Director

 

Louisville Male High School Concert & Symphonic Bands

J. Scott Cooksey, Director

 

Nyack Senior High School Chamber Orchestra

Tammy Yi, Director

 

West Orange High School Royal Strings Ensemble

Elena Peres, Director

 

Westchester Putnam Youth Symphony

Kathleen Feldman, Director


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Handel's Messiah & Westminster Choir College
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Handel's Messiah & Westminster Choir College


Don't miss an exciting evening of music on Sunday evening, February 25 at 8:00pm at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. The evening will feature selections from Handel's riveting Messiah with the Masterwork Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra, led by American composer and conductor Tim Sharp, as well as a performance from Westminster Choir College.

If you missed the Messiah this holiday season, now is your chance! Conductor Tim Sharp will lead the Masterwork Festival Chorus in selections including Behold the Lamb of God, All We Like Sheep, Since By Man Came Death, Worthy Is The Lamb/Amen, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Hallelujah!, and more. Conductor and composer Tim Sharp is approaching his 10th season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, OK, where critics characterize his performances as "impressively polished", and having "stunning power" and "great passion and precision".

The concert will also feature the National Festival Chorus performing an array of choral works under the direction of Amanda Quist and James Jordan, as well as performances by the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Schola Cantorum, also conducted by Amanda Quist and James Jordan. The program includes Mozart's Confutatis and Lacrimosa (from Requiem), Dan Forrest's Good Night, Dear Heart, Blake R. Henson's My Flight For Heaven, and more.


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Broadway Classics in Concert
Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Broadway Classics in Concert

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Broadway Classics in Concert

Don Stephenson, Stage Director

Kevin Stites, Music Director


Manhattan Concert Productions is pleased to announce casting for Broadway Classics in Concert, on Tuesday, February 20, 8:00 PM, in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The evening will be a unique celebration of the past five years of Manhattan Concert Productions’ critically acclaimed Broadway Series which has featured award-winning composers, star-studded casts, esteemed creative teams, singers from across the United States, and the outstanding New York City Chamber Orchestra.

Broadway Classics in Concert will feature musical selections from past MCP-presented shows and other repertoire by their composers: Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Flaherty, George Gershwin, Alan Menken, Lucy Simon, and Maury Yeston, many of whom will grace audience members with their special appearance at this event.

The extraordinary alumni cast for Broadway Classics in Concert includes Michael Arden (Ragtime, Hunchback of Notre Dame), Sierra Boggess (The Secret Garden), Carolee Carmello  (Broadway Classics 2013), Allan Corduner (Titanic), Nikki Renée Daniels (The Secret Garden)Quentin Earl Darrington (The Secret Garden), Ramin Karimloo (Parade, The Secret Garden), Norm Lewis  (Ragtime), Laura Osnes (Crazy For You), Lea Salonga (Ragtime), Ryan Silverman (Titanic), and Tony Yazbeck  (Crazy For You).

With numerous credits to their names, Broadway veterans Don Stephenson (Stage Director) and Kevin Stites (Music Director) will lead this cast, a chorus of 400 singers from across the United States, and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

Manhattan Concert Productions is proud to present Broadway Classics in Concert in its sixth year of Broadway Series installments, which follows the success of Crazy for You (2017), The Secret Garden (2016), Parade (2015), Titanic (2014), The Hunchback of Notre Dame workshop (2014), Broadway Classics in Concert (2013), and Ragtime (2013).

CAST

Michael Arden

Sierra Boggess

Carolee Carmello

Allan Corduner

Nikki Renée Daniels

Quentin Earl Darrington

Ramin Karimloo

Norm Lewis

Laura Osnes

Lea Salonga

Ryan Silverman

Tony Yazbeck

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O Come, All Ye Faithful: Christmas with Manhattan Chorale
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

O Come, All Ye Faithful: Christmas with Manhattan Chorale


O Come, All Ye Faithful: Christmas with Manhattan Chorale

Featuring members of the New York City Chamber Orchestra

Craig ArnoldConductor

Michael Hey, Organist


 

RALPH VAUGH WILLIAMS     Eventide (from "Two Hymn-Tune Preludes")

TRADITIONAL, arr. Mack Willberg     Processional: O Come, All Ye Faithful

NARRATION

FELIX MENDELSSOHN     There Shall a Star from Jacob (from "Christus")

TRADITIONAL, arr. Sarah Quartel     Huron Carol

ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS     Stars

BENJAMIN BRITTEN     Festival Te Deum

G.F. HANDEL     Messiah

          3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted

          4. And the glory of the Lord

          14. There were shepherds abiding in the field and lo! The angel of the Lord came upon them

          15. And the angel said unto them

          16. And suddenly there was with the angel

          17. Glory to God

TRADITIONAL, arr. David Willcocks     Carol for Audience and Choir: The First Nowell

TRADITIONAL, arr. David Willcocks     Carol for Audience and Choir: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

G.F. HANDEL      Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No. 1

           Allegro

NARRATION

TRADITIONAL, arr. David Willcocks     Carol for Audience and Choir: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

JOHN TAVENER     Ding! Dong! Merrily on High

NATHANIEL ADAMS     He Came All So Still

GERALD FINZI     Magnificat

NARRATION

TRADITIONAL, arr. Barlow Bradford     Silent Night

TRADITIONAL, arr. Barlow Bradford     Angels We Have Heard On High

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Works by René Clausen
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Works by René Clausen

Join us for an evening of works by renowned composer and conductor René Clausen and the Cathedral Festival Chorus at Chicago's historic Fourth Presbyterian Church.

The concert will include Clausen's prominent choral works It is Well With My Soul, Psalm 23, My God, How Wonderful Thou Art, Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord, Set Me As a Seal from A New Creation, Kyrie from Memorial, and Sure on This Shining Night.

Composer and conductor René Clausen is currently professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. He is also the artistic director of the Emmy award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation. 

Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written more than 100 commissioned compositions for organizations such as The King’s Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a frequent guest conductor, composer-in-residence, clinician and lecturer. Clausen has conducted such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and several of his own works including Gloria – in three movements. On several occasions, Clausen has conducted at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall. 

Don't miss this fantastic evening of choral music at the beautiful Fourth Prebyterian Church in Chicago!

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Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Kirke Mechem's stirring and evocative Songs of the Slave performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and prominent vocal soloists conducted by Eliza Rubenstein. The National Festival Chorus performs an array of powerful and moving choral works, including Orff’s O Fortuna, Whitacre’s Little Man in a Hurry and Ray’s He Never Failed Me Yet, led by guest conductor Dr. Gary Walth. The concert also includes a featured performance by Canticum Novum, conducted by Jeffrey Cobb.

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Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Children's Festival Chorus
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Children's Festival Chorus

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Duruflé’s reputed Requiem performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and prominent vocal soloists conducted by Dr. Karen Kennedy. The National Children’s Festival Chorus performs an array of well-loved choral works, including Mozart’s Papageno-Papagena, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an MCP commission, Stars Tonight by Judy Herringtonled by guest conductor Dr. Emily Ellsworth. The concert also includes a featured performance by the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Albert Aguilar.

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Fauré "Requiem" & National Children's Festival Chorus
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Fauré "Requiem" & National Children's Festival Chorus

Join us for an evening of classical masterworks, featuring Fauré's intimate Requiem and a selection of choral works featuring the Cathedral Festival Chorus, National Children’s Festival Chorus, orchestra and esteemed soloists on Monday evening, June 12 at 7pm.

Fauré's intimate Requiem performed by singers from across the United States, professional soloists, organ, and esteemed orchestra, conducted by Maestro Joshua Habermann is considered to be one on Fauré's most popular work. His Requiem has been described as being influenced from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest with gorgeous choral writing and the famous "Pie Jesu" sung by soprano soloist.

The concert will also feature The National Children’s Festival Chorus in an array of choral works, including Handel’s Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound, Delibes’ Messe Brève – Kyrie and Gloria, Rachmaninoff’s Lilacs and Hogan’s Music Down in My Soul, conducted by Elena Sharkova.

Don't miss this exciting evening of choral music at the beautiful Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Ticket sales will close Monday, June 12 at 9 AM EST. After this time, tickets will only be available for collection at the door 30 minutes prior to concert performance

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Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus
Jun
4
8:30 PM20:30

Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus

 

Manhattan Concert Productions presents F.J. Haydn’s powerful Paukenmesse performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and prominent vocal soloists conducted by Dr. Jerry Blackstone. The National Festival Chorus performs an array of exuberant and moving choral works, including Stroope’s Consecrate the Place and Day, Handel’s Sing Unto God and Durham’s On Jordan’s Stormy Banks, led by guest conductor and composer Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. The concert also includes a featured performance by the Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble, conducted by Christopher Blacker.

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Masterwork Festival Chorus & Texas Tech University
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

Masterwork Festival Chorus & Texas Tech University

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Manhattan Concert Productions presents Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus and soloists with the Texas Tech University Chamber Orchestra and conductor Richard Bjella. Also featuring New York City Chamber Orchestra. The concert will also feature the Texas Tech University Chamber Orchestra and Choir under the direction of David E. Becker and Richard Bjella. 

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Chilcott "A Little Jazz Mass" & Haydn "Kleine Orgelmesse"
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Chilcott "A Little Jazz Mass" & Haydn "Kleine Orgelmesse"

Join us for Bob Chilcott's A Little Jazz Mass and Haydn's Missa Brevis (Little Organ Mass) with the Cathedral Festival Chorus, Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, and esteemed soprano soloist Christina Casey, led by guest conductor Alan Raines. This concert is free and open to the public.

One of Chilcott's most celebrated and popular choral works to date, A Little Jazz Mass has received countless performances (both in concert and as part of the sung liturgy in church services) across the world, perhaps most notably at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Chilcott's A Little Jazz Mass is a highly original and effective concert setting of the Latin Missa brevis in which the various movements embrace a variety of jazz styles. Chilcott's jazz influences truly come to the form in A Little Jazz Mass: The Kyrie has real groove, the Gloria swings, the Sanctus sits right back, the Benedictus hums along, and the Agnus Dei draws inspiration from the Blues.

Written around 1775, Haydn's Missa Brevis (short mass) features soprano soloist, four-part mixed choir, two violins, organ and bass, it is known as the Kleine Orgelsolomesse (Little Organ Mass) due to its extended organ solo in the Benedictus movement.

Don't miss an evening of masterworks at St. Louis Cathedral, one of New Orlean's most notable landmarks!

This concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations are encouraged. Seating is General Admission. You may extend this invitation to all members of your organization and their guests.

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Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus
Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

Masterwork Festival Chorus & National Festival Chorus

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay’s “Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Mass” and the Carnegie Hall premiere of Timothy Michael Powell’s “Dear Appalachia: Songs For My Mountain Home” performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, bluegrass combo, and soloists, conducted by Tim Sharp. The National Festival Chorus will perform an array of choral works led by guest conductor Jerry Blackstone. The concert will include a featured performance by the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jason Noble.

 

Performers:

Masterwork Festival Chorus

Tim Sharp, Conductor

National Festival Chorus

Jerry Blackstone, Conductor

Columbia University Wind Ensemble

Jason Noble, Conductor

 

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