Ushering in Our 2016-2017 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2016

Erica Vanstone, Director of Marketing & Outreach

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces 2016-2017 Season

PHILADELPHIA, PA–Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (MCC) proudly announces its 143rd season, which will provide a compelling array of powerful and uplifting selections presented in some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful and historic venues. Envisioned by Artistic Director Paul Rardin, MCC’s latest season showcases musical perspectives from around the globe.

“We’re excited to present a season of great musical stories,” says Rardin. “All of our music is set to brilliant words—poetry, prophesies, musings, and verses of all kinds that draw us in with their fascinating stories of faith, love, jealousy or triumph. This is a season of engaging, compelling and fun music, and we cannot wait to share it.”

Beginning November 5, MCC kicks off its 2016-2017 season in the Bri­tish Isles, with British Organ Invasion, based on the remarkable tale of Christopher Smart, whose poem Jubilate Agno was written while he spent time in an insane asylum. Benjamin Britten’s brilliant cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb, captures this poem’s many moods with voice and organ. Alan Morrison will play the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ for this program at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, and this special performance also includes the Keystone State Boychoir.

A Feast of Carols helps to usher in the holiday season on December 10, with MCC’s signature program—blending global seasonal music with beloved holiday sing-along carols! Sing in the holidays with MCC at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Join us for our family-friendly event, The Glorious Sound of Christmas, as the Mendelssohn Club sings more holiday favorites with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, December 15-17.

On February 26, our stories shift to the United States, where Big Sing: American Stories will feature the words and music of the great Ysaye Barnwell, whose voice as a member of Sweet Honey and the Rock has reminded us of the collective spirit and energy that singing creates. Part of the Big Sing program, Barnwell’s performance at Rittenhouse Square’s Church of the Holy Trinity features Afro-American Fragments by William Averitt, as well as the poetry of Langston Hughes.

Next, MCC follows the biblical story of David, from his boyhood as a shepherd, to his reign as King of Israel. On April 29, Arthur Honegger’s King David, one of the 20th century’s great oratorios, will be performed at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral with music that pulses with energy and creativity.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will cap off the season with the rhythmic cycles of seasons, love and revelry on June 4 with Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Based on Medieval Latin and German poetry, this masterpiece deserves its fame for its accessibility and universal themes.

Tickets for all of our Self-Produced events (Feast of the Carols, American Stories, and Honegger’s King David) can be purchase as Season Subscriptions, or as individual tickets on our website

Tickets for our Collaborative Concerts (British Organ Invasion, The Glorious Sound of Christmas, and Carmina Burana) can be purchased online through

About Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: Founded in 1874, 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 2016-2017 season, visit

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