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February 26, 2017 | 4 PM
Ysaye Barnwell, Composer
Matthew Brower & Ting-Ting Wong, Piano
Composer Ysaye Barnwell joins Mendelssohn Club for an interactive event that will have you singing your hearts out with us. The concert features her captivating compositions Wanting Memories, No Mirrors in My Nana’s House, Spiritual, and We Are… Barnwell, best known as the female bass in the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, will also invite you to raise your voice with us for a moving sing-along in the American tradition. The program also features Afro-American Fragments by William Averitt, a powerful cycle of music for chorus and two pianists featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes, as well as music from the American folk and spiritual traditions.
April 29, 2017 | 4 PM & 8 PM
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Dan Kern, Narrator
Kiera Duffy, Soprano
Maren Montalbano, Mezzo-Soprano
Sumner Thompson, Tenor
Jillian Harris, Choreographer
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Arthur Honegger’s King David is the best oratorio you may never have heard. The young Honegger composed the score as incidental music to a play by René Morax, and quickly earned fame throughout Europe for his unique and captivating musical style blending French Impressionism, the German chorale tradition, and far-eastern influences. The oratorio follows the rise of David from shepherd to warrior to king of Israel, capturing his triumphs and losses, loves and rivalries. Its choruses rival history’s greatest oratorios for their power and beauty. Newly commissioned choreography by Jillian Harris provides a compelling dramatic element to help visualize this remarkable life story.
June 4, 2017 | 3 PM
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Greater Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Louis Scaglione, Conductor
Orff’s Carmina Burana sets the stage with the rhythmically insistent hammering of fate in our daily lives. The medieval Latin and German poetry walks us through life’s cycles of seasons, of love, of revelry, and of fate in music that deserves its fame for its accessibility and universal messages. Tickets available through Ticket Philadelphia here.
Thirty minutes prior to the following performances:
BIG SING: American Stories
Honegger: King David
Join artistic director Paul Rardin before each concert for an enlightening discussion about the program, complete with live musical examples sung by members of Mendelssohn Club. MendelSounds helps answer the question “what should I listen for?” by bringing each program’s music to life in engaging and informal fashion. Come early for these twenty minutes of fun!