David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Classical Music Critic Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:01 AM   Music from the coal mines. While great new stuff is premiered here frequently, witnessing creative breakthroughs is rare. But with Anthracite Fields, Julia Wolfe, the cutting-edge minimalist, entered a new maximal emotional world in her hour-long work about Pennsylvania coal-mining culture that begins with […]

Mark Swed, LA Times 12/19/2014 Mining music with a little help from video and film: Julia Wolfe’s “Anthracite Fields,” part of the New York Philharmonic’s first biennial of new music, proved an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania’s coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals.  For the full article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-swed-best-classical-2014-list-20141221-column.html

by Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local, 12/29/2014 The final two weekends before Christmas provided local music lovers with the gift of many holiday concerts. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-14, gave me the chance to hear both the Vox Renaissance Consort and the Mendelssohn Club at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, as well as […]

by Peter Crimmins, Newsworks, 12/12/2014 Christmas decorations go up immediately after Thanksgiving, but, for many, the season does not really start until it sounds like Christmas. “For a lot of people, that’s true,” said Alan Harler, artistic director of the Mendelssohn Club, one of the oldest choirs in America at 140 years. “It feels like […]

by Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local 12/11/2014 Alan Harler will bring the Mendelssohn Club to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, for its annual performance of the Christmas concert “A Feast of Carols” Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. The 130-member choir has been performing its Christmas concert at St. Paul’s Church since 1988, and Michael […]

January 24, 2015 at 3PM The Ethical Society of Philadelphia 1906 Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA 19103 Join Alan Harler and a panel of prominent experts for a lively discussion of Mendelssohn’s revival performance of St. Matthew Passion and its context. Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Tanya Kevorkian, Millersville University R. Larry Todd, Duke University […]

Broad Street Review, Tom Purdom, June 24, 2014 Bach wasn’t always the icon he is today. Philly gets ready to explore his 19th-century revival. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has presented two Philadelphia vocal organizations with grants that total almost half a million dollars — $240,000 to both the Mendelssohn Club and to Donald Nally’s The Crossing. These are exceptionally […]

  April 12th, 2015, 4:00p Historic Oaks Cloister in the Wissahickon Woods 5829 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 Patron level $200 | Donor level $95 | Young Friends (under 35) $45   The 9th Annual Mendelssohn Medley will be an afternoon filled with glorious song, musical conversation, delectable hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails. Meet Alan Harler […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 17, 2014   CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.641 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Receives Largest Grant in its 141-Year History, $240,000 from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to Present the North American Premiere of the Mendelssohn Revised St. Matthew Passion Landmark […]

– Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local, April 24, 2014 When the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia presents Julia Wolfe’s “Anthracite Fields” Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 4 and 7:30 p.m., in the Episcopal Cathedral Church in West Philadelphia, executive director Janelle McCoy of Roxborough will have been one of those most responsible for the […]