Joseph Flummerfelt to Conduct Manhattan Choral Ensemble, 5/10
The Manhattan Choral Ensemble (MCE) will welcome guest conductor Joseph Flummerfelt for a special evening featuring favorite pieces from the Maestro's illustrious 30-year conducting career. Dr. Flummerfelt will lead the choir in works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, with a closing set of his own arrangements of beloved folk songs.
Chorus Master to the New York Philharmonic, former Artistic Director of Westminster Choir College, and Musical America's 2004 Conductor of the Year, Dr. Flummerfelt is renowned as a conductor, choral arranger and educator. He is the last of three guest conductors to lead the MCE during Music Director Thomas Cunningham's one-year sabbatical.
"The MCE is an exceptional choral ensemble committed to the performance of very interesting repertoire. I very much look forward to working with this fine group on a program of music I love," said Dr. Flummerfelt.
"Maestro Flummerfelt has been a source of inspiration to the MCE since its inception while I was his student. To have him conduct the MCE in a program of his choosing is a dream come true for me and a truly extraordinary opportunity for audiences in New York City," said MCE Music Director Thomas Cunningham. "This is a night not to be missed."
The May 10 concert will conclude the MCE's 14th season, during which conductors Deborah Simpkin King, Andrew Megill and Joseph Flummerfelt led the choir. Music Director Thomas Cunningham will return from his sabbatical to conduct the choir again in the fall of 2014.