Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble
The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble (CCE) is a local Charlotte Choral Group founded in 1978 by ten Charlotte Mecklenburg music teachers. Over the past forty years CCE has performed for civic, professional, religious and social events in the city and throughout the Carolinas. CCE performed for the openings of the African American Cultural Arts Center, Nations Bank, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and the Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. CCE performed Porgy and Bess with Bobby McFerrin and the Charlotte Symphony and later in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The ensemble has also performed with Roberta Flack and at the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Other performances include collaborations with Opera Carolina in the debut of the American opera, Margaret Garner, starring Denyce Graves. On September 11, 2011 CCE members participated in a musical tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy with the presentation of the work, Memorial, by Renee Clausen. Additional collaborations have included performances with Friendship Baptist Church, Carolina Voices, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, VOX, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Concerts. Additionally, CCE has performed at numerous local churches and other venues as it presents at least two concerts per year.
CCE is recognized for its inspiring and diverse repertoire. While the group incorporates selections by African-American composers and arrangers in all of their programs, CCE presents programs that include Classical, Spirituals, Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway, and Gospel.
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