Manhattan Concert Productions proudly presents its 20th Anniversary Concert with renowned conductors Craig Arnold, Duane Davis, and Simon Carrington for one night only at legendary Carnegie Hall! Celebrating MCP’s 20th anniversary, this concert reprises the same repertoire and conductors as the very first concert presented by MCP on the same date in 1999. This is a concert not to be missed!
Under the batons of these 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!