Hear Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in Six Christmas Concerts in December

Hear Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in 6 Christmas Concerts in December

 Between December 8 and 17, Historic Chorus Performing Holiday Favorites
and Eastern Liturgical Music in St. Paul’s Church, Longwood Gardens and Verizon Hall

 

As it has for over eighty years, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will celebrate the holiday season with a series of performances in December. This year, Mendelssohn Club will be heard in Longwood Gardens and Verizon Hall and at its annual concert in the popular Chestnut Hill neighborhood. No other adult chorus will be featured in more concerts in the Philadelphia region this December. Depending on the date, the concerts will feature a blend of classic carols, lesser known Christmas songs and Eastern Orthodox liturgical music. Mendelssohn Club’s annual Christmas concert is considered to be Philadelphia’s longest running holiday concert series.

Mendelssohn Club appearing at St. Paul's in Chestnut Hill
Mendelssohn Club appearing at St. Paul's in Chestnut Hill

“The holiday concerts are some of the most beautiful and moving experiences for our chorus,” according to Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club’s Artistic Director since 1988. “Members of the chorus greet the audience as they arrive at St. Paul’s in Chestnut Hill and everyone loves to join in to sing the Christmas carols we’ve all known since childhood. When we perform the Eastern Orthodox liturgical music, I’ve observed men and women in the audience from Russia and Eastern Europe who are moved to tears. Some of them have not heard this sacred music since they were children over seventy years ago.”

On Saturday December 10, several hundred music lovers will gather in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill to hear Golden Voices of the East, a concert of classic carols and liturgical music by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian and Eastern European composers including Bortniansky, Chesnokov, Leontovich and Pärt. In addition to hearing the St. Paul’s glorious organ and the Mendelssohn Brass, audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which premi

ered in St. Petersburg 101 years ago. For decades, it was considered too modern to be used in Eastern Orthodox Church services.

Tickets are available online at www.mcchorus.org.

Longwood GardensMendelssohn Club is delighted to have been invited to perform A Feast of Carols at Longwood Gardens this year on Thursday, December 8. The historic estate (1730) and conservatory (1919) is never more beautiful than when it is fully decorated for the holidays. Music has been a long-standing tradition at historic Longwood Gardens, dating back to Pierre S. Dupont’s boyhood delight in the performing arts. This program will showcase classic carols and some lesser-known Christmas choral music that will showcase the newly refurbished Longwood Organ in the Tiffany Ballroom. The concert is included in the admission price for Longwood Gardens.

And, to conclude the season, Mendelssohn Club will perform The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, known across Philadelphia as Glorious Sounds of Christmas.

Named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album, these concerts are ideal for listeners of all ages. No music lover should miss this opportunity to experience the sound of all 157 voices of the chorus filling Verizon Hall with cherished holiday carols. Tickets for the Glorious Sounds of Christmas concert are available exclusively through the Kimmel Center Box Office.

 

Holiday Concert Series Details:

 

A Feast of Carols

7 pm & 8 pm, Thursday, December 8

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

 

Golden Voices of the East

featuring the Mendelssohn Brass

5 pm, December 10

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Chestnut Hill

22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

 

Glorious Sounds of Christmas

with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rossen Milanov, Conductor

7 pm, December 15, 16, & 17

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

260 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

One of America’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performs choral music to create a shared transcendent experience among its singers and audiences. Through the excellence of its adventurous performances, Mendelssohn Club advances the development of choral music as an art form.

 

For information about Mendelssohn Club’s concerts and programs, or to order tickets for the 2011-2012 season, visit www.mcchorus.org. You can also find Mendelssohn Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mcchorus and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MCChorus

 

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Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 2011 – 2012 Season

 

FALL 2011

 

A Feast of Carols

7 pm & 8 pm, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

 

A Feast of CarolsClassic holiday carols and much more in a grand setting decorated for the season! Music has been a long-standing tradition at historic Longwood Gardens, dating back to Pierre S. Dupont’s boyhood delight in the performing arts. This concert is included in the price of admission to Longwood Gardens on December 8.

 

Golden Voices of the East

5pm, Saturday, December 10, 2011

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Chestnut Hill

22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

 

Golden Voices of the EastA Chestnut Hill tradition! One of most popular concerts of the holiday season, featuring St. Paul’s magnificent organ together with timeless music by Rachmaninoff and Christmas carols beloved by audiences everywhere. Tickets available online at www.mcchorus.org.

 

Glorious Sounds of Christmas

with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rossen Milanov, Conductor

7 pm, December 15, 16, & 17

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

260 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

Glorious Sounds of Christmas

Join Mendelssohn Club and The Philadelphia Orchestra while we lend our lush sound to timeless holiday classics! Named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album, these concerts are ideal for listeners of all ages and are sure to put you into the holiday spirit. NOTE: Tickets for Glorious Sounds of Christmas are available exclusively through the Kimmel Center Box Office.

 

WINTER / SPRING 2012

 

Philadelphia Voices: FELYX_M

7:30 pm, Sunday, February 26, 2012

Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

Philadelphia Voices: FELYX_M – Cynthia Folio’s Music Box, Jan Krzywicki’s Lute Music and a world premiere of a Thomas Whitman Commission. Featuring Mendelssohn Club Chamber Singers with Network for New Music and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Part of the Concerts for Community Series. Tickets available through the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

 

Unfinished Masterpieces

7:30 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse

1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

Unfinished Masterpieces – The Mozart Requiem and Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

A rare opportunity to hear two celebrated masterpieces performed on the same program. Mendelssohn Club joins forces with Camden’s acclaimed Symphony in C in a joint program led by Maestro Rossen Milanov.

 

RITUALS: East/West

4 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse

1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

RITUALS: East/West – The world premiere of a new commission by Philadelphia-based composer Andrea Clearfield inspired by the traditions of Tibetan chant and dance. This program is a unique collaboration with The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. Presented together with Fauré Requiem. Also featuring The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.

 

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