Mendelssohn Club

The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s season is going out, not with a bang, but with some urban rumble, random accompaniment by geese, and lots of song in a site-specific work at the Fairmount Water Works this weekend. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns caught Philadelphia’s most venerable choir at its most vulnerable.

The Mendelssohn Club Choir mounted its biggest-ever production last April, 2014 with the premiere of Anthracite Fields by the cutting-edge composer Julia Wolfe, who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns met with her...inside a coal mine. 

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The St. Matthew Passion is revered today as one of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire. But along with much of Bach’s vast output, it sank into obscurity in the decades following his death in 1750.

At the age of 13, Felix Mendelssohn was given a copy of Bach’s Passion as a Christmas gift. He fell in love with it. Seven years later in 1829, he presented a performance of the work in his own arrangement, changing some orchestration and making cuts to several sections.

Musicians have struggled to determine what J.S. Bach sounded like in his own time for decades. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia turned back the clock in a different direction on February 8th at Girard College, determining what Bach sounded like in the time of...Mendelssohn.

The Philadelphia Orchestra lends its lush sound to familiar and timeless holiday classics and carols on this Sunday's archival Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast from 2004. The Glorious Sound of Christmas, named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album, is an annual Philadelphia Orchestra tradition and the perfect way to begin your holiday celebrations.

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll listen in on a great seasonal tradition. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the Glorious Sound of Christmas is still one of the orchestra's most beloved presentations, both for audiences and for many of the musicians who play it.

Violinist Davyd Booth's relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas music started years before he would play with the ensemble - at family holiday celebrations and beyond.

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Join us this Sunday at 4 pm to hear the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, led by Music Director Louis Scaglione, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the "Resurrection" Symphony.  

This Sunday it's Symphony in C with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in a performance of Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation. This was the grand closing concert of the ensemble's 60th anniversary season. Rossen Milanov conducts. Join us! Sunday, May 26, 4 to 6 pm.

Program notes here.

The Mendelssohn Club Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia are set to perform at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in a very special concert that includes the world premiere of Robert Moran’s expanded - and haunting - 9/11 tribute, Trinity Requiem.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the October 21st event, that also features Bruckner's Mass in E minor and Moran's Angele Dei.

Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum's latest, newly revamped, exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road. Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club is expanding the concept of choral performance, with help from its audiences.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Equadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. And Jim Cotter speaks with historian David Contosta and landscape architect Carol Franklin, authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City, Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.

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