Described as “sonic perfection” (AWE, 2007) and “breaking the rules to bring the love of classical music to the next generation” (Ben Johnson, SI Advance, 2007), Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble (MCCE) is a professional classical chamber music ensemble that has been contributing to the classical music landscape with concerts that have brought audiences closer to the beauty of chamber music since 2004.

MCCE's mission is to present and promote chamber music performances; provide an artistic home for musicians to practice their craft; and support young and/or emerging composers via commissioning new works and performance opportunities. MCCE has been recognized for the comprehensive and fresh approach it brings to the performance field: the exceptional artistry of the Ensemble musicians in the classical arena; performances feature a compelling presentation style of casual audience interaction; exciting concert-related activities, with special attention to documenting new American chamber music and that includes an annual composer-in-residence opportunity. MCCE has presented over 130 concerts and impacted over 26,000 residents. Programming highlights include “Gemini” – an original, audience-interactive collaboration commissioned by MCCE from composer Tina Kenny and filmmaker Don Arangio; "Even This is Paradise" - a premiere based on an 8th C Tibetan text by Andrew Sterman; collaborations with WaFoo, the rock band Eyes on Infinity, commissions and premieres by luminaries Mick Rossi (Paul Simon), Sean Friar (Prix de Rome), and Laura Kaminsky (Symphony Space), as well as works by JS Bach, Debussy, and Mozart. MCCE's mission is to bring a deeper appreciation of music to the greater SI community through wide-ranging presentations of classical and contemporary music where audiences of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy authentic, artistically excellent, and educational chamber music experiences at a modest cost in their home borough.  MCCE regularly video livestreams concerts, holds an annual nationwide composer search, maintains a youtube channel, produces/performs an Annual Open Air Music Festival, performs free concerts for developmentally disabled adults, and teaches the Roaring Chorus, a free program for seniors.

MCCE is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.


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Open Air Music Festival

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Staten Island Museum , 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

MCCE produces and performs an all day festival in partnership with the SI Museum’s Annual Fence Show each September at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. With musical offerings as diverse as classical chamber music, original commissions, jazz fusion jams, prog rock epics and performances by guest collaborators.

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island NY

Tamara Keshecki - flute; Joseph d'Auguste - clarinet; Lucy Corwin - viola; Madeline Casparie - cello

Music by W. A. Mozart, Karl Stamitz, Casey Rule and MCCE's 2018 Composer-in-Residence Tina Kenny Jones.

FREE ADMISSION - RSVP with the link below.

This concert performance is part of an afternoon tea on the lawn at the Alice Austen house to celebrate their 1-year anniversary as a nationally designated site of LGBTQ history. Keynote speech by Joan E. Biren (JEB), photographer and activist.

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave., Staten Island, NY

Pre-concert chat begins at 6:30pm Concert begins at 7:00pm

Paul Hindemith- Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25 no. 3

André Jolivet- Pipeaubec (Deaux pièces pour Flûte Traversière et Petite Percussion)

Matthew Bellamy- Neutron Star Collision, arr. A. Rosciszewski

Julian Bennett Holmes - Trio for Flute, Cello & Doublebass (commissioned World Premiere)

Leonard Bernstein- Mambo & Cha-Cha from West Side Story, adapted for MCCE by A. Rosciszewski

Arvo Pärt- Spiegel im Spiegel

Andrew Rosciszewski- Sonic Real Estate

Carol Shansky: flute, Tim Leonard: cello, Wen Yi Lo: keyboard/synthesizer, Vincent Livolsi: percussion, Andrew Rosciszewski: double bass/electric bass/bass pedals

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Oakwood Heights Community Church, 345 Guyon Ave., Staten Island, NY

Quartet in C major, K.157 by W. A. Mozart, Chansons Madécasses by Maurice Ravel, Invention XIII by J. S. Bach, Passione * by Tina Kenny Jones, My Elephant Cloud by Oliver Caplan, Nocturne, Op. 19 by Franz Doppler, Parto! Ma tu ben mio from Titus by W. A. Mozart

  • commissioned world premiere

Tamara Keshecki, flute Dr. Joseph d'Auguste, clarinet Dr. Lucy Corwin, violin/viola Madeline Casparie, cello Wen-Yi Lo, piano Elizabeth McCullough, soprano with special guest artists The Roaring Chorus

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY

Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Trio no. 2, Andrew Rosciszewski - Piano Trio no. 1 (World Premiere), T.J. Tario - Between The River Styx, Tina Kenny Jones - Romance for Piano Trio (MCCE composer in residence)

Izabella Liss Cohen: violin, Timothy Leonard: cello, Wen Yi Lo: piano

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY

with guest artist Oren Fader, guitar

Paul Salerni - Two Partita (2008), Dusan Bogdanovic - Quatre piéces intimes for cello and guitar (1997), Franz Schubert - Quartet for flute, viola, cello and guitar, Kreutzer - Trio for flute, viola and guitar, Tina Kenny Jones - Making Monsters (MCCE composer-in-residence)

Tamara Keshecki: flute, Lucy Corwin: viola, Gjilberta Lucaj: cello, Oren Fader: guitar (guest artist)

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

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Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

4 hours of free music on TWO stages. Featuring MCCE's different ensembles and collaborators. 12noon - MCCE & WaFoo 12:45 - MCCE String Quartet 1:30 - J. Brunka's Watermark Quartet 2:15 - MCCE Wind Quartet 3:00 - MCCE Electric Ensemble

MCCE's The Roaring Chorus at the Staten Island Yankees

75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York

The Roaring Chorus performs for the Staten Island Yankees!

Thursday, July 6, 2017 7pm

Staten Island Yankee Stadium 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

Tickets: $25 (includes $10 food/drink card)

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island NY


Andrew Rosciszewski - Suite from Super Mario Bros., Kevin Wilt (2017 Composer Search Winner) - Commissioned World Premiere, Julian Bennett Holmes (2017 Composer Search Finalist) - Duet for Violin & Cello, Alain Lefebure - El espíritu irlandés, Andrew Rosciszewski - Music for Three Instruments+, Jonathan Crosmer - Tale of the Old Salt+

+World Premiere

Tamara Keshecki: flute, Joe d'Auguste: clarinet, Lucy Corwin: violin/viola, Madeline Casparie: cello


Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble

Private Event

Marimba Program

Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building "A", Staten Island NY


Ney Rosauro - Concerto for Marimba & String Orchestra, Andrew Rosciszewski - faith in chaos parts 1 & 2 (from frail'ty : stripped), Andrew Rosciszewski - The Marimba Trilogy*, Frank Zappa - Peaches En Regalia, Tina Kenny Jones - Scenes & Imitations**

Vincent Livolsi: marimba, Wen Yi Lo: piano, Tamara Keshecki: flute, Tim Leonard: cello, Andrew Rosciszewski: electric bass, - with Guest Artist - Jason Gianni: drum set

*World Premiere **Commissioned World Premiere

MCCE's The Roaring Chorus program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Laura B. Vogler Foundation; Mid-Island Rotary Foundation, Con Edison, the New York Public Library; and through donations of generous individuals.

MCCE's 2018-19 Concert Season and related programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; additional support provided, in part, by NYC Councilmember Deborah Rose, Laura B. Vogler Foundation, The M & T Charitable Foundation, Mid-Island Rotary Foundation, Con Edison, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the Staten Island Museum, and through donations of generous individuals.