Mendelssohn Club Announces 2017-2018 Season


Erica Vanstone, Director of Marketing & Community Outreach                                                       

Philadelphia, PA–Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia (MCC) proudly announces its 144th season, which will use contemporary voices to explore works and ideas of the past—all presented with the backdrop of some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful and historic venues. Envisioned by Artistic Director Paul Rardin, MCC’s 144th season combines bold new perspectives on classic pieces, and offers opportunities for the community to join the chorus in performing some of its historic repertoire.

Mendelssohn Club performs the music of W.A. Mozart in Miloš Forman’s dramatic film Amadeus Live, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The film Amadeus, based on the Peter Shaffer play, tells a fictionalized account of Mozart’s rivalry with composer and contemporary Antonio Salieri. The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Amadeus Live with Mendelssohn Club Chorus, accompanying the Oscar-winning film on September 21-23, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 7pm.

On October 21, Mendelssohn Club presents Voice of a War, with Ben Cohen, director and Michael Gould, percussionist. This powerful collection of English music and poetry marks the centennial anniversary of World War I, juxtaposing classical works such as Walford Davies’ A Short Requiem with trench songs such as It’s a Long Way to Tipperary. A solo percussionist helps weave together the choral music and spoken word in this stunning performance that serves as a memorial to “The Great War.”

A Feast of Carols ushers in the holidays on December 9, with MCC’s signature program—blending seasonal music from around the world with beloved holiday sing-along carols! Sing in the holidays with MCC at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood at 5pm. Then, join us for The Glorious Sound of Christmas, as Mendelssohn Club sings more holiday favorites with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, December 14-17.

In 2018, Mendelssohn Club kicks off the year with Beethoven and a dynamic new commission from Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. This young and gifted composer has already earned a careers’ worth of accolades, and her new work for chorus and string quartet is designed for the grand acoustic of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The program concludes with Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 9, performed by Mendelssohn Club and Collingswood, NJ’s Symphony In C on March 17 at the Walter K. Gordon Theater in Camden, and on March 18 at the Cathedral Basilica Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Stilian Kirov and Paul Rardin conduct.

After Mendelssohn Club’s successful Big Sing: American Stories in February 2017, we’re excited to share more opportunities for friends to join us in singing choral masterworks in an informal setting. Our Big Sing Binge offers our community members four exciting chances to join us in song in April and May: On April 4, join us for Mozart’s Requiem; on April 11 we perform Bach’s Magnificat; on April 18 we present Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass; and on May 2, we return to classical with Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. Bring your own score (or you may rent one of ours) or come and watchand enjoy the binge! Tickets for all of our Self-Produced events (Voice of a War, A Feast of Carols, Beethoven, and Big Sing events) can be purchased as Season Subscriptions, or as individual tickets on our website

Tickets for Amadeus Live and The Glorious Sound of Christmas 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 2017-2018 season, visit

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