Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble
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.
Vocal Program featuring Soprano Elizabeth McCullough
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
All String Quartet Program
All String Quartet Program
Shostakovich - String Quartet no. 8, Rosciszewski - *String Quartets nos. 1 & 2, Gorecki - String Quartet no. 2
Izabella Liss Cohen, Mikhail Kuchuk: violins; Lucy Corwin: viola; Tim Leonard: cello
Japanese Fusion and Beyond
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.
MCCE's The Roaring Chorus
The Roaring Chorus
Elizabeth McCullough, Director Paul Light, piano Tamara Keshecki, flute J. Brunka, bass
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
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.
Community Day @Commons Cafe
Season 13 Opening Concert: Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat"
7:30 pre concert chat 8:00 concert
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 Open Air Music Festival
Open Air Music Festival in partnership with Staten Island Museum's 66th Annual Fence Show.
With performances by: MCCE Quartet, WaFoo (w/ MCCE collaboration), The J. Brunka Trio, Eyes On Infinity (w/ MCCE collaboration)
Free to the Public. https://www.facebook.com/events/1774704182806323/