Paul Rardin is the thirteenth Artistic Director of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. He is also Elaine Brown Chair of Choral Music at Temple University, where he conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the seven-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Rardin previously taught at the University of Michigan and […]

DAVID PATRICK STEARNS, INQUIRER CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC POSTED: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 3:01 AM A Mendelssohn Club concert? An edgy new work by the Leah Stein Dance Company? Or a guided meditation? With Turbine, the new site-specific dance/choral work premiering this weekend at the Fairmount Water Works, all three descriptions apply. Fifty-eight choristers and 18 […]

May 12, 2015 4pm Performance Garage 1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130   Join us in a lively discussion about the historical significance of the Schuylkill Watershed, the Fairmount Water Works, and how it has informed the conception and creation of the World Premiere of TURBINE.   THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC, BUT […]

Composer Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an oratorio for chorus and sextet commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Here are some select articles and quotes that appeared in the news and social media following the announcement. Please use the links for complete articles.   New York Times – ArtsBeat: “Anthracite Fields” was […]

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Commissioned Composer Julia Wolfe’s Groundbreaking Oratorio and Presented Its 2014 World Premiere to Rave Reviews (PHILADELPHIA) Composer Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an oratorio for chorus and sextet commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Mendelssohn Club premiered the work on April 26, 2014 […]

The William Penn Foundation Awards Major Grant to Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company to Develop World Premiere Performances of TURBINE Along the Schuylkill River in May, 2015 $216,000 Grant Will Support Premiere of Composer Byron Au Yong’s Work Featuring 88 Singers and Nine Dancers Performing Together Outside of the Fairmount Water […]

posted by Susan Bernofsky 26 Feb 2015 – Pew Center for Arts & Heritage On the occasion of the American premiere of Felix Mendelssohn’s 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion—presented by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia with Center support—we invited author and German-language literature translator Susan Bernofsky to discuss the practice of […]

Tom Purdom in Broad Street Review February 10, 2015 The classical tradition may seem fixed, but it’s actually shaped by a never-ending dialogue. In the last week, Orchestra 2001 and the Mendelssohn Club presented concerts that highlighted two aspects of that dialogue: Orchestra 2001 looked at the current state of the cultural dialogue between Asia […]

David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Classical Music Critic Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 3:01 AM “After decades of performers tirelessly homing in on the kernel of any Bach masterpiece, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia revisited a wide-lens view of the St. Matthew Passion on Sunday – specifically, the 1841 Leipzig edition adapted and conducted by Felix […]

WRTI podcast by David Patrick Stearns, February 4, 2015 “For decades, musicians have struggled to determine what J.S. Bach sounded like in his own time. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia is turning the clock in a different direction on February 8th at Girard College, determining what Bach […]