RELEASE: Premieres, Collaborations Mark Mendelssohn Club’s 2011- 2012 Season

(PHILADELPHIA) In addition to its beloved annual holiday concert and performances of masterpieces by Fauré, Mozart and Schubert, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s upcoming season features a fascinating mix of works by celebrated modern masters Arvo Pärt (Estonia) and Henryk Górecki (Poland), as well as some of Philadelphia’s most exciting choral composers—such as Andrea Clearfield. The Clearfield work was co-commissioned by Mendelssohn Club and will be presented in 2012 as a world premiere. (See complete season details below.)


Throughout its 138-year history, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia has been devoted to choral music as a way to connect artists, audiences and communities. Mendelssohn Club continues this important tradition in the 21st century by collaborating with some of the most exciting and ground-breaking musical organizations in the region. Over the next nine months, the renowned chorus will perform with Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Symphony in C, among others.


“We are genuinely excited about the upcoming season,” says Mendelssohn Club Artistic Director Alan Harler. “In addition to performing some truly magnificent and moving choral works, including a commission, we will be joining creative forces with some of the most talented and innovative musical groups and composers in Philadelphia. I think I can speak for everyone in this chorus when I say that collaborating on this level can be a source of sublime joy for any performing artist. ”


Among the most intriguing programs of the coming season is RITUALS: East/West, which will be performed next spring at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse. The concert features Fauré’s Requiem along with a special collaboration between local composer Andrea Clearfield and The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. In the weeks leading up to the April 2012 concert, the public will be invited to attend outreach sessions that explore Tibetan language, folk music and dance, all of which directly inspired this Clearfield commission. This new work was co-commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, a member choir of Commonwealth Youthchoirs.


Mendelssohn Club Executive Director Janelle McCoy explains how this program is a wonderful example of the collaborative spirit of the 2011-12 season. “Exploring the dichotomy between differing traditions in one program is designed to connect diverse cultures and encourage greater understanding among Asian and Western communities. Music and the human voice have unique power to bring together people of different backgrounds and traditions.” McCoy adds, “This is a big part of what motivates all of us to share our love of music with so many artists and audiences throughout the year.”


One of America’s oldest choruses, 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 2011-2012 season, visit You can also find Mendelssohn Club on Facebook at


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Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 2011 – 2012 Season

Northern Lights & Mystical Masterpieces
8 pm, Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Northern Lights & Mystical Masterpieces – Based on text by St. Silouan, Pärt’s writings represent some of the most significant works in Russian poetry. A joint program with Orchestra 2001, featuring Pärt’s Adam’s Lament, Górecki Toto Tuus and more.


A Feast of Carols
8 pm, Thursday, December 8, 2011
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

A Feast of CarolsClassic holiday carols and much more in a grand setting decorated for the season! Music has been a long-standing tradition at historic Longwood Gardens, dating back to Pierre S. Dupont’s boyhood delight in the performing arts.


Golden Voices of the East
5pm, Saturday, December 10, 2011
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Chestnut Hill
22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Golden Voices of the EastA Chestnut Hill tradition! One of most popular concerts of the holiday season, featuring St. Paul’s magnificent organ together with timeless music by Rachmaninoff and Christmas carols beloved by audiences everywhere.


Glorious Sounds of Christmas with the Philadelphia Orchestra
7pm, Thursday, December 15; Friday, December 16; Saturday, December 17
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall
260 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Rossen Milanov, conductor

Glorious Sounds of Christmas with the Philadelphia Orchestra- Join Mendelssohn Club and The Philadelphia Orchestra while we lend our lush sound to timeless holiday classics! Named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album, these concerts are ideal for listeners of all ages and are sure to put you into the holiday spirit.


Unfinished Masterpieces
7:30 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2012
The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Unfinished Masterpieces – The Mozart Requiem and Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
A rare opportunity to hear two celebrated masterpieces performed on the same program. Mendelssohn Club joins forces with Camden’s acclaimed Symphony in C in a joint program led by Maestro Rossen Milanov.


Philadelphia Voices: O My Earth
with FELYX_M

7:30 pm, Sunday, February 26, 2012
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Philadelphia Voices: O My Earth (with FELYX_M) – Cynthia Folio’s Music Box, Jan Krzywicki’s Lute Music and a world premiere of a Thomas Whitman Commission. Featuring Mendelssohn Club Chamber Singers (FELYX_M) with Network for New Music and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Part of the Concerts for Community Series.


RITUALS: East/West
4 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

RITUALS: East/West – The world premiere of a new commission by Philadelphia-based composer Andrea Clearfield inspired by the traditions of Tibetan chant and dance. This program is a unique collaboration with The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. Presented together with Fauré Requiem. Also featuring The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.

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