Experience Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in Five Holiday Concerts in December

 November 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Janelle McCoy, Executive Director
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
215.735.9922
Edward McNally, Above The Fold
404.281.6419

Experience Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in Five Holiday Concerts in December

Philadelphia’s Most Historic Chorus Performing Holiday Favorites and Sacred Music
in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Chestnut Hill), Verizon Hall and The Grand Opera House in Wilmington

(PHILADELPHIA) – As it has for over eighty years, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will celebrate the holiday season with a series of performances in December. Angels and their special role in the Nativity can be found in much of the music being sung this season. Angels from on High, is the name of the program which will include a blend of classic carols, lesser known Christmas songs and special compositions by Louis Vierne and Eric Whitacre as well as the world premiere of In the Company of Angels, a new cantata by Philadelphia-based composer Donald St. Pierre.

On Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm, Mendelssohn Club will travel to Wilmington, Delaware to perform their holiday concert on the historic stage of The Grand Opera House. The recently restored Opera House, listed on the National Historic Register, has been a landmark for the residents of Wilmington and the surrounding region for over 140 years, or just a little longer than Mendelssohn Club has been singing in Philadelphia.

To witness the Angels from on High holiday concert at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE visit http://www.thegrandwilmington.org

Later that same week, on Saturday December 15, several hundred music lovers from all over Philadelphia will gather in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, as they have for over eighty years, to share the experience of Mendelssohn Club’s annual holiday concert. This annual musical event is generally considered to be Philadelphia’s longest running holiday concert series.  Both performances of Angels from on High will feature organist Michael Stairs and the Mendelssohn Brass. Tickets are available online at www.mcchorus.org.

Several Chestnut Hill restaurants and retailers, including Diamond Spa, Hipster Home, McNally’s Tavern, Thai Kuu and Trolley Car Diner, are offering special discounts to patrons holding tickets to Angles from on High, on various dates between December 10 and 16. See discount details below.

Ask Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club’s Artistic Director since 1988, and he’ll tell you that “the holiday concerts are some of the most beautiful and moving experiences for our chorus. Everyone loves to join in to sing the Christmas carols we’ve all known since childhood.”  Harler believes deeply that “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 at the holiday season and throughout the year. ”

And, to conclude the season on December 20, 21 and 22, Mendelssohn Club will perform as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, known across Philadelphia as Glorious Sounds of Christmas. The concert will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey, who is entering his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony. Mr. Tovey continues his association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and serves as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall.

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 140 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. http://www.kimmelcenter.org/

Mendelssohn Club Holiday Concert Series Details:

Angels from on High
with the Mendelssohn Brass
Michael Stairs, organ

Choral highlights of the program include:

Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella arr. Parker/Shaw
Christmas CarolIves
Christmas LullabyLee, arr. St. Pierre
Echo Nowellarr. Vozzella
ExaltationRuggles
Lo, How A Rose E’er Bloomingarr. Parker/Shaw
Lux AurumqueWhitacre
Messe SolennelleVierne

3 pm, Sunday, December 9, 2012
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 http://www.thegrandwilmington.org.

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 5 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2012
St. Paul’s Church of Chestnut Hill
22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. (Chestnut Hill)
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Celebrate one of Philadelphia’s oldest holiday traditions along with the 140 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.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER:

 Several Chestnut Hill restaurants and retailers, including Diamond Spa, Hipster Home, McNally’s Tavern, Thai Kuu and Trolley Car Diner, are offering special discounts to patrons holding tickets to Angles from on High, on various dates between December 10 and 16.  Holiday concertgoers are encouraged to show their pre-printed ticket, program book, or ticket stub to receive a special discount at these Chestnut Hill locations:

  • 10% off spa services at Diamond Spa the week of the concert, Monday, December 10 – Sunday, December 16
  • 15% off purchases at Hipster Home on the day of the concert, Saturday, December 15
  • 10% off all food at McNally’s Tavern (eat-on orders only, not including alcohol)
  • 15% off at Thai Kuu on Friday, December 14 for Lunch (11 am -3:30 pm) and Dinner (3:30- 5 pm) and Saturday, December 15 Lunch (11 am-3:30 pm)
  • 10% off dine-in or take-out (not including alcohol) at the Trolley Car Diner on Saturday, December 15
  • 10% off entire check at Tavern on the Hill (not including tax or gratuities) on Saturday, December 15
  • 10% off purchases at Big Blue Marble Bookstore (excluding gift cards) on the weekend of the concert, Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16

 

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

For nearly fourteen decades, Mendelssohn Club Chorus 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.

“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 information about Mendelssohn Club’s concerts and programs, or to order tickets for the 2012-2013 season, visit www.mcchorus.org. You can also find Mendelssohn Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mcchorus.

 

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2nd Half of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 2012 – 2013 Season

 

Saturday, February 23, 2013
7:30 pm

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Sunday, 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, Black Pearl conductor/founder Jeri Lynne Johnson conducting the orchestral work 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, March 10, 2013
7 pm

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

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.

 

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 (PIFA)

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
Smirnov Epitaph for the Victims of Repression
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, Choral

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

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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 theRutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, NJ, visit http://symphonyinc.org

 

Sunday, June 2, 2013
7:30 pm

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
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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