The 150 Voices of Mendelssohn Club Chorus Bring Choral Masterworks and World Premieres to New Audiences Across Metro Philadelphia and Beyond

August 6, 2012
Janelle McCoy, Executive Director
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Edward McNally, Above The Fold PR

 Mendelssohn Club’s 150 Voices Bringing Choral Masterworks and World Premieres
to New Audiences Across Metro Philadelphia and Beyond

(PHILADELPHIA) From the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and from the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral to an intimate hall at Delaware County Community College, audiences in every part of the region will be able to experience first hand the true power and beauty of the 150-member Mendelssohn Club Chorus. The nationally-recognized chorus will share stages with a truly diverse range of choral groups, orchestras and soloists, including The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, based in Camden, NJ, the Korean-American voices of The Philadelphia Master Chorale, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Chancel Choir, The Philadelphia Boy Choir and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, among others.

Executive Director Janelle McCoy is pleased to have Mendelssohn Club performing at such a wide variety of venues across greater Philadelphia. “We strive to bring the very best choral music to a truly diverse mix of audiences,” stated McCoy. “After our annual BIG SING concert in July at a Center City Baptist church, we’ll be traveling throughout the season to concert halls, college auditoriums and churches in West Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Media, plus Camden, and Wilmington. And we’re partnering with the finest musical ensembles in the region. Each of these musical collaborations helps us reach new audiences in creative ways.”

The Chorus is eager to perform the Bruckner Mass in E Minor on Sunday, October 21 in the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. This historic Philadelphia landmark is famous for it ornate interior and glorious Roman-Corinthian style. As with so many Mendelssohn Club concerts this coming season, the Bruckner Mass in E Minor has been selected for this location based on specific musical qualities of the work. Other concert programs in 2012-2013 have been designed to match the specific acoustics and aesthetics of certain halls in communities and neighborhoods.

The coming season is an intriguing blend of traditional and non-traditional,” explains Mendelssohn Club Artistic Director Alan Harlar. “The singers and the audience will experience the choral triumphs of masters like Schubert, Bruckner, Beethoven and Haydn, along with bold new works.” Harler added, “Music and the human voice have unique powers to bring together people of different backgrounds and traditions. This is a big part of what motivates all of us to share our love of music with so many other artists and audiences throughout the year. ”

Few organizations have so strategically embraced innovation and collaboration.” explains Tom Kaiden of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, “Mendelssohn Club constantly finds new ways to bring the audience into the experience. It’s why they are one of the most exciting choruses in America today.”

For nearly fourteen decades, Mendelssohn Club has been devoted to sharing great choral music as a way to connect artists, audiences and communities. Mendelssohn Club, one of America’s oldest choruses, continues to expand its repertoire in the 21st century by collaborating with a wide range of musical organizations, each of which is devoted to representing, or reaching out to, new audiences in innovative ways. 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.

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 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 2012 – 2013 Season


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BIG SING//Schubert
with the Philadelphia Master Chorale
and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Chancel Choir

First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
123 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Sunday, November 4, 2012
Delaware County Community College
Marple Campus (Large Auditorium)

901 S. Media Line Rd.
Media, PA 19063

Witness the transformational power of music connecting communities as Mendelssohn Club welcomes the Philadelphia Master Chorale, led by Changho Lee, and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Chancel Choir, led by Dr. Jay Fluellen, in the 3rd annual BIG SING. The concert will explore the music of the Korean and African Episcopal traditions and invite hundreds of local singers to perform Schubert’s Mass in G. Audience members who participated in the first two BIG SINGs in 2010 and 2011 have compared this very unique musical experience to being enveloped by cinematic surround sound where you literally feel the music vibrating all around you.

NOTE: BIG SING//Schubert is presented through the generous support of PNC Arts Alive.

To hear Mendelssohn Club perform this concert on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Delaware County Community College, visit

Sunday, October 21, 2012
3 pm

Trinity: Moran and Bruckner
with the Philadelphia Boys Choir
and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul
1723 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

With its majestic facade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar and impressive side chapels, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul provides the perfect backdrop for the majestic Bruckner Mass No. 2 in E Minor. This concert features the Philadelphia Boys Choir and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (1864) is one of the most architecturally significant structures in Pennsylvania. This historic house of worship is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles in Rome (San Carla al Corso) and is considered one of America’s finest examples of church architecture in the Roman-Corinthian style.

Sunday, December 9, 2012
3 pm

Angels From On High
with the Mendelssohn Brass
Michael Stairs, organ

The Grand Opera House
818 North Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19801-3080

The chorus performs a beautiful program of classic carols and sacred music at the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington. The recently restored Opera House has been a landmark for the residents of Wilmington and the surrounding region for over 140 years.

For tickets to the concert at 3 pm on Sunday, December 9 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware, visit


Saturday, December 15, 2012
5 pm
St. Paul’s Church of Chestnut Hill

22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. (Chestnut Hill)
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate one of Philadelphia’s oldest holiday traditions along with the 150 voices of Mendelssohn Club amid the beauty of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the quaint charm of the Chestnut Hill shops and restaurants. Both performances of Angels From On High will featuring organist Michael Stairs and the Mendelssohn Brass.

Friday, February 23, 2013
7:30 pm &
Saturday, February 24, 2013
4 pm
Beethoven and Gill

with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Ching-Yun Hu, pianist

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
3723 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Mendelssohn Club joins forces with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra  and world-renowned pianist Ching-Yun Hu to honor one of the world’s greatest composers. The centerpiece of the program is Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and the world premiere commission by composer Jeremy Gill inspired by this Beethoven masterpiece. Also featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 2.

Sunday, April 7, 2013
2:30 pm
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

presented as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor laureate
Layla Claire, soprano
Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Norman Reinhardt, tenor
Sam Handley, bass-baritone

Meine Wind of Change
Epitaph for the Victims of Repression
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125,

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This epic program, under the baton of conductor laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn, commemorates the mass protests at the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent demolition of the Wall and the entire Iron Curtain. This historic moment directly led to the reunification of Germany and the end of the Cold War. This concert is presented as part of PIFA 2012 and is co-produced by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists and features photography by James B. Abbott.

For tickets for this concert at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 7, please contact The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at 215-545-5451.


Saturday, May 11, 2013
8 pm
The Creation

with Symphony in C , conducted by Maestro Rossen Milanov

Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts
Gordon Theater
Third & Pearl Streets
Camden, NJ 08102


Sunday, May 19, 2013
4 pm

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
3723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Creation, Haydn’s masterpiece, depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as based on the Book of Genesis and Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost.” This concert, conducted by Maestro Rossen Milanov will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Symphony in C.

For tickets to this concert at 8 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, NJ, visit


Sunday, June 2, 2013
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and
Louis Scaglione, conductor

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

A magnificent opportunity to hear Mendelssohn Club Chorus with Philadelphia’s best young instrumentalists!  The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Mendelssohn Club join forces in Mahler’s dramatic Symphony No. 2 with Maestro Louis Scaglione conducting.

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