Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Richard Auldon Clark
The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra founded in 1987, has been dedicated to innovative, exciting and multi-cultural programming. It has been hailed by the media as an "extraordinary ensemble of virtuosos," and credited with providing the "definitive versions of forgotten American masterpieces."
The MCO has premiered and recorded the music of such diverse composers as William Grant Still, Alec Wilder, Victor Herbert, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Otto Luening, Dominick Argento, Randall Thompson, Eric Ewazen, David Amram and Dave Soldier. The ensemble performs music of all genres with a special emphasis on contemporary American music. The MCO has toured for Allied Concert Services and World Touring Productions, playing to audiences throughout the United States and Asia.
In New York City, the MCO maintains a busy performing and recording schedule. Each season the MCO presents its "Mostly American" series in New York City's Merkin Concert Hall and regularly appears on the popular concert series at Trinity Church on Wall Street. The orchestra has also been featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Weill Recital Hall and the United Nations. In 1995, the orchestra received the NAIRD "Indie" award for Best Classical Album for its CD Mountains and Rivers Without End, and was awarded the Lincoln Center Arts Project Award and performed at Alice Tully Hall.
The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra's 30 CD recordings are released on the Newport Classic, KOCH International, AVANT, VOX, Helicon, KLEOS Classics and Mulatta Records labels.