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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Previous events

Vocal Program featuring Soprano Elizabeth McCullough

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

Wen Yi Lo: piano, Elizabeth McCullough: soprano, Tamara Keshecki: flute

Ch’io mi scordi di te? Concert Aria, K. 505 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Deux Poemes de Ronsard - Albert Roussel, Two arias from Schweigt Stille, Plaudert Nicht - Johann Sebastian Bach, Fiancailles pour rire - Francis Poulenc, Vocalise from “The Ninth Gate” - Wojciech Kilar

Feb5

Japanese Fusion and Beyond

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Flushing Library Auditorium, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Featuring the traditional Japanese instrument “Koto,” WaFoo, a Japanese fusion music group, will present the most essential part of their music. The concert will also feature a collaboration with Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble (MCCE), a well established classical chamber music group on Staten Island, to inspire the audience with their blend of Japanese fusion and classical music.

Dec12

MCCE's The Roaring Chorus

Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY

The Roaring Chorus

Elizabeth McCullough, Director Paul Light, piano Tamara Keshecki, flute J. Brunka, bass

Program:

It’s a Grand Night for Singing

State Fair/Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Who Could Ask For Anything More? George & Ira Gershwin/arr. Jay Althouse

Love Is Here to Stay Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Someone to Watch Over Me S’Wonderful Nice Work If You Can Get It Embraceable You I Got Rhythm

America, the Beautiful/Samuel Ward & Katherine Lee Bates

Penny Lane/ Paul McCartney & John Lennon/arr. Audrey Snyder

Singin’ In the Rain/Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed

Let It Go/Frozen/Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez/arr. Mac Huff

Happy Holidays!/Mary Lynn Lightfoot

Marilyn Keshecki Memorial Concert

Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave, Staten Island NY

Special Event

Three Romances for flute & piano by Robert Schumann; Three Pastoral Scenes by Casey Rule (commissioned by MCCE); Best Day of My Life by the American Authors; For Good from Wicked by Steven Schwartz; Tomorrow by Kazuo Nakamura; Bolero by Maurice Ravel, arr. J. Brunka.

Joseph d'Auguste, clarinet; J. Brunka, bass; Madeline Casparie, cello; Izabella Liss Cohen, violin; Elizabeth Cruz, mezzo-soprano; Tina Kenny Jones, piano; Tamara Keshecki, flute; Yuuki Koike, flute, WaFoo; Elizabeth McCullough, soprano & Director of the Roaring Chorus; Kazuo Nakamura, bass, WaFoo; The Roaring Chorus; Tracy Rosenberg, host; Vince Livolsi, percussion.

Season 13 Opening Concert: Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat"

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

7:30 pre concert chat 8:00 concert

Program:

Strohbach - Fanfare fur Rudiger, Stravinsky - 3 Pieces for Clarinet Solo, Kraft - French Suite for Percussion Solo, Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Stravinsky - Suite from L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale)

trumpet: Perry Sutton, trombone: Gilles Bernard, clarinet: Joe d'Auguste, bassoon: Chris Wickham, violin: Lucy Corwin, double bass: Andrew Rosciszewski, percussion: Vincent Livolsi

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.