The Manhattan Chamber Players are committed to working with every presenter or concert host to create exciting programs.  If any presenter has a specific work or chamber combination in mind, we will do everything we can to accommodate that wish and build a program around it.  Below is a selection of themed programs MCP has already presented or is presenting in its 2017 – 2018 season, followed by a list of sample programs in a more standard format.

For a full repertoire list, please scroll down.

Themed Programs

 

“In Memory of Better Days”

Richard Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio (1941)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence (1890)

 

“Sturm und Drang”

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 19 in C minor, Op. 17 no. 4 (1771)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 no. 3 (1793)

Intermission

W.A. Mozart: String Quintet in C minor, K. 406/516b (1787)

 

“Music at the Crossroads”

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and String Quartet (1905)

Frank Bridge: Lament for Two Violas (1912)

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 (1891)

Intermission

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)

 

“Chiaroscuro”

Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz (1820)

W.A. Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K. 516 (1787)

Intermission

Johannes Brahms: String Sextet in G major, Op. 36 (1865)

 

“The Aftermath of Beethoven”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge , Op. 133 (1825)

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in Eb major, Op. 47 (1842)

Intermission

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 36 (1827)

 

“Cello Power”

Alexander Glazunov: String Quintet in A major, Op. 39 (1892)

W.A. Mozart: String Quartet in Bb major, K. 589 (1790)

Intermission

Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C major, Op. 36 (1828)

 

“World Travelers”

Astor Piazzolla: Four for Tango (1989)

Vivian Fung: Pizzicato (2001)

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb Major, Op. 87 (1887)

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

 

“Homage”

W.A. Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421 (1783)

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (1922)

Intermission

Anton Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1895)

 

“Youthful Perspectives”

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925) – Scherzo

Intermission

Chris Rogerson: Shadows Lengthen (2015)

Ernest Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1891)

 

“The Autumnal Clarinet”

Richard Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1941)

Chris Rogerson: Four Autumn Landscapes for Clarinet and Piano (2007)

Intermission

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)

 

“A Year in Gabriel Fauré’s Life: A Love Story”

Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse, Op. 16 (1878)

Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

Intermission

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 (1877)

 

“Tragedy and Triumph”

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in Eb major, Op. 40 (1865)

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114 (1939)

Intermission

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 (1883)

 

“Breaking New Ground:
The Birth of Three New Genres of Chamber Music”

Franz Joseph Haydn:  String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20 no. 2 (1772)

Robert Schumann:  Piano Quintet in Eb major, Op. 44 (1842)

Intermission

W.A. Mozart: String Quintet in C major, K. 515 (1787)

 

“Life and Death”

Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (1890)

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D. 940 (1828)

Intermission

Ernest Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1891)

 

Standard Format Programs for
Varied MCP Artist Combinations

 

Program No. 1
(Piano Quintet group)

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Four for Tango (1989)

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
Pizzicato for String Quartet (2001)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)

 Intermisson

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 87 (1889)

 

Program No. 2 
(Piano Quintet group)

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493 (1786)

Chris Rogerson (b. 1988)
River Songs for Piano Trio (2014)

Intermission

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
Pizzicato for String Quartet (2003)

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 (1887)

 

Program No. 3 
(String Quintet with two cellos group)

Anton Arensky (1861 – 1906)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108 (1960)

Intermission

Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
Concertino for String Quartet (1920)

Alexander Glazunov (1865 – 1936)
String Quintet in A major, Op. 39 (1892)

 

Program No. 4 
(String Quintet with two cellos group)

Anton Arensky (1861 – 1906)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35

Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
Concertino for String Quartet (1920)

Intermission

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828)

 

Program No. 5 
(String Quintet with two violas group)

 
W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
String Quintet in Eb major, K. 614 (1791)

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)

Intermission

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
String Quintet No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 87 (1845)

 

Program No. 6 
(String Quintet with two violas group)

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
String Quintet in Eb major, K. 614 (1791)

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
String Quartet No. 2 (2009)

Intermission

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (1890)

 

Program No. 7 
(Piano Quartet group)

Bedřich Smetana (1824 – 1884)
Piano Trio in G minor (1855)

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914)

Intermission

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 87 (1889)

 

Program No. 8 
(Piano Quartet group)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Piano Trio in A minor (1914)

Intermission

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

 

Program No. 9 
(Piano Quartet group)

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493 (1786)

Chris Rogerson (b. 1988)
Summer Night Music for Piano Quartet (2012)

Intermission

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no. 1 (1878) (arr. Luke Fleming)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

Program No. 10 
(String Sextet group)

Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1942)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951)
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

 

Program No. 11
(String Octet group)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925)

Intermission

George Enescu (1881 – 1955)
Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7 (1900)


Manhattan Chamber Players
Full Repertoire List

 

Anton Arensky:  String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1895)

Béla Bartók:  Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (1915)

Béla Bartók:  Selections from 44 Duos, Sz. 98 (1931)

Béla Bartók:  String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114 (1939)

Ludwig van Beethoven: “Eyeglasses” Duo for Viola and Cello, WoO 32 (1797)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (1825)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Octet in Eb major, Op. 103 (1792)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 no. 3 (1793)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in Bb major, Op. 97 “Archduke” (1811)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Serenade in D major, Op. 8 (1797)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 (1826)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 (1801)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Trio in G major, Op. 9 no. 1 (1797)

Ludwig van Beethoven:  String Trio in D major, Op. 9 no. 2 (1797)

Derek Bermel: Death with Interruptions (2014)

Johannes Brahms:  Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1861)

Johannes Brahms:  Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 (1875)

Johannes Brahms:  Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)

Johannes Brahms:  Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 (1854)

Johannes Brahms: Sonatensatz in C minor (1853)

Johannes Brahms:  String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (1890)

Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 18 (1860)

Johannes Brahms:  String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36 (1865)

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 (1891)

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in Eb major, Op. 40 (1865)

Frank Bridge:  Lament for Two Violas (1912)

Ernest Chausson:  Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1891)

François Devienne: Duo for Flute and Viola in C minor, Op. 5 no. 3 (1786)

Ernő Dohnányi:  Serenade in C major for String Trio, Op. 10 (1902)

Antonín Dvořák:  Cypresses for String Quartet, B. 11 (1865/1887)

Antonín Dvořák:  Intermezzo in B major, Op. 40 (1875)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23 (1875)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 87 (1889)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 (1888)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 (1883)

Antonín Dvořák:  Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky” (1891)

Antonín Dvořák:  Romance, Op. 11 (1877)

Antonín Dvořák:  String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 “American” (1893)

Antonín Dvořák:  String Quintet in Eb major, Op. 97 (1893)

Antonín Dvořák:  String Sextet in A major, Op. 48 (1878)

George Enescu:  Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7 (1900)

Gabriel Fauré:  Après un rêve, Op. 7 no. 1 (1878) (arr. Luke Fleming)

Gabriel Fauré:  Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

Gabriel Fauré:  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

Vivian Fung:  Humanoid for Solo Cello and Electronics (2017) World Premiere

Vivian Fung:  Pizzicato for String Quartet (2001)

Vivian Fung:  Sketch for Solo Cello and Electronics (2015) World Premiere

Vivian Fung:  String Quartet No. 2 (2009)

Alexander Glazunov:  String Quintet in A major, Op. 39 (1892)

Johan HalvorsenPassacaglia on a Theme of Handel (1893)

Franz Joseph Haydn:  String Quartet No. 19 in C minor, Op. 17 no. 4 (1771)

Franz Joseph Haydn:  String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20 no. 2 (1772)

Leoš Janáček:  Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914)

Leoš Janáček:  String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)

JP Jofre:  Sweet Dreams (2011), Milongon (2012), and Hard Tango (2012)

Gideon Klein:  String Trio (1944)

Felix Mendelssohn (arr. Luke Fleming): Andante tranquillo from Organ Sonata in A major, Op. 65 no. 3 (1845)

Felix Mendelssohn:  Octet in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)

Felix Mendelssohn:  Piano Quartet No. 2 in F minor, Op. 2 (1823)

Felix Mendelssohn:  Sextet in D major for Violin, Two Violas, Cello, Double Bass, and Piano, Op. 110 (1824)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13 (1827)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 (1847)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 36 (1827)

Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quintet in Bb major, Op. 87 (1845)

W.A. Mozart:  Divertimento No. 1 in D major, K. 136 (1771)

W.A Mozart:  Divertimento in Eb major for String Trio, K. 563 (1788)

W.A Mozart:  Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K. 423 (1783)

W.A. Mozart:  Flute Quartet in A major, K. 298 (1787)

W.A. Mozart:  Piano Quartet in Eb major, K. 493 (1786)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quartet in D minor, K. 421 (1783)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quartet in Bb major, K. 589 (1790)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in Bb major, K. 174 (1773)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in C minor, K. 406/516b (1787)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in C major, K. 515 (1787)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in G minor, K. 516 (1787)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in D major, K. 593 (1790)

W.A. Mozart:  String Quintet in Eb major, K. 614 (1791)

Astor Piazzolla:  Five Tango Sensations for String Quartet and Bandoneon (1989)

Astor Piazzolla:  Four for Tango (1989)

Maurice Ravel:  Piano Trio in A minor (1914)

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (1922)

Maurice Ravel:  String Quartet in F major (1903)

Maurice Ravel:  Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and String Quartet (1905)

Chris Rogerson:  Four Autumn Landscapes for Clarinet and Piano (2007)

Chris Rogerson:  River Songs for Piano Trio (2014)

Chris Rogerson:  Shadows Lengthen (2015) World Premiere

Chris Rogerson:  Summer Night Music for Piano Quartet (2012)

Arnold Schoenberg:  Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D. 940 (1828)

Franz Schubert:  Quartettsatz (1820)

Franz Schubert:  String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828)

Robert Schumann:  Piano Quartet in Eb major, Op. 47 (1842)

Robert Schumann:  Piano Quintet in Eb major, Op. 44 (1842)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Polka from The Golden Age for String Quartet (1931)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108 (1960)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925)

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Three Duets for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 97 (1955)

Bedřich Smetana:  Piano Trio in G minor (1855)

Richard Strauss:  Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1942)

Igor Stravinsky:  Concertino for String Quartet (1920)

Igor Stravinsky:  Divertimento for Violin and Piano (1932)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

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