Manhattan Choral Ensemble at Columbia University, June 8 at 8PM

Here’s the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s press release. I wish I could be there in person, but I can’t…we’re performing two more concerts (in Liepāja and Rīga) on the 17th and 18th respectively. If anyone out there can go, I’d be be happy to hear your reactions. There were a few things I tried in this piece that I haven’t tried before, so I would love to know if you think it hangs together or not. They will be premiering my setting for soprano and tenor solo, off-stage solo quartet and choir of the Carl Sandburg anti-war poem Jaws, as part of their New Music for New York commissioning project.

Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Tom Cunningham, Director.

New Music and Old Favorites

Friday, June 8th, 2007 at 8:00pm

Earl Hall, Columbia University
117th and Broadway, New York City

Admission: $15, $12 (students and seniors)

Please join us for our third annual installment of our New Music for New York commissioning project, featuring four newly commissioned works by New York-area composers, including a new work for choir and cello by Patrick Castillo, composer of A Piece of Coffee as premiered by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in June 2006. Other composers featured include Charles Griffin, Karen Siegel, and Davide Zannoni.

The performance will end with madrigals of Monteverdi and familiar settings of favorite folksongs.

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception after the concert. We hope to see you there!

Directions: The Earl Hall Center is located on the Columbia University Morningside campus. The campus covers a six-block area between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue from 114th Street to 120th Street. The main entrances of the campus are located at 116th and Broadway and 116th and Amsterdam. These entrances are open 24 hours a day. The Earl Hall entrance is located at 117th and Amsterdam and is only open during normal business hours.

By subway, take the #1 IRT Broadway Local to 116th Street. The Earl Hall Center is located at 117th and Broadway.

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One comment on “Manhattan Choral Ensemble at Columbia University, June 8 at 8PM
  1. Performing this piece was a highlight of our year. The choir really enjoyed learning and singing the work and the singers decided together to ask Charlie for a new, larger work for next year. We are all looking forward to further collaboration!

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

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