Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces Major Support
From The George G. and Elizabeth G. Smith Foundation
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia announces $15,000 in project support from George G. and Elizabeth G. Smith Foundation to help produce a major performance and public outreach program in the spring of 2012. “RITUALS: East/West” is a collaboration with composer Andrea Clearfield, The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia and The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. It will be performed at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse.
In the weeks leading up to the April 2012 concert, both choruses will be immersed outreach sessions that explore Tibetan language, folk music and dance, all of which directly inspired this Clearfield commission. This new work was co-commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, a member choir of Commonwealth Youthchoirs. The concert will also include the Fauré Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performing for both works.
Speaking on behalf of Mendelssohn Club, Executive Director Janelle McCoy announced the support from The Smith Foundation. “This generous gift will help underwrite a significant portion of the orchestra costs for this ambitious and multi-faceted program.” McCoy added, “Both works employ a richness of sound and color from the orchestra and the Clearfield composition includes a variety of instruments indigenous to Tibet.”
The commissioned portion of this project stems from composer Andrea Clearfield’s research in Tibet where she studied the culture’s ritualistic dance, chant and melody and their uses in Buddhist tradition. Clearfield believes “Composing music can transport one to the far reaches of one’s imagination. Commissions like this one inspire me to explore places, sounds, and spaces that I might never have imagined, musical and otherwise.”
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.