By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: February 26, 2014 The maverick mystic Arvo Pärt occupies an increasingly unassailable but strangely hermetic place in the classical music world. Though the relative simplicity of Pärt’s Salve Regina and Adam’s Lament might seem to go with anything, the Mendelssohn Club basically gave two different concerts Sunday […]

February 23, 2014 at 4pm With The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Soprano Barbara Berry, Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie Tenor Roy Hage, Bass Brandon Cedel Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets online. Despite being separated by over two centuries of music, Arvo Pärt and Joseph Haydn both sought to make sense of […]

CONTACTS: January 9, 2014 Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.641 Philadelphia’s Largest Symphonic Chorus Presents Haydn’s Mass In Time of War and Three Pieces by Arvo Pärt, Including an Encore Performance of Adam’s Lament (Philadelphia)  Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the largest symphonic choruses in the […]

CONTACTS: December 9, 2013 Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.641  The Aaron Copeland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles Program Announces Its First Award to Philadelphia’s Largest Symphonic Chorus (Philadelphia) Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia has been awarded a $9,000 grant by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music […]

RELEASE November 13, 2013 CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.6419   Metropolitan Opera Soprano Karen Slack Joins Philadelphia’s Beloved Symphonic Chorus for “Feast of Carols,” A Concert of Holiday Favorites, Sacred Music and New Works by Composer Donald St. Pierre Later in December, Mendelssohn Club […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic Posted: October 29, 2013 Within the first few minutes of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s 140th anniversary concert with the Kimmel Center organ, you wondered why the two aren’t married with children. The two entities seem made for each other. The chorus’ robust sound matches that of the […]

Breaker Boys

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer, 9/15/13 What was once the weakest link in Philadelphia’s classical music season is now collectively walking off with the unofficial award for enterprising programming. Yes, choral organizations have been gathering strength for years, and now offer all manner of postcards from the edge. The Mendelssohn Club rolls out a big […]