By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC, Philadelphia Inquirer POSTED: March 08, 2016 Many alleluias – at turns complex, simple, strange, sad and always intriguing – were heard from Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in celebratory commissions, both titled “Alleluia,” from two of the city’s best-known composers, Jennifer Higdon and Andrea Clearfield. Titled “Eastern Voices,” the […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: October 21, 2015 Pope Francis has long since departed from Philadelphia, but the concert organizations that stayed out of his way now have season events that seem to be all happening at once. Call it pope overspill. With staggered Sunday-afternoon start times, you could hit Chamber Orchestra […]

October 20, 2015 – Eri Yoneda, Phindie “Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia opens its 142nd season welcoming Paul Rardin as the 13th Artistic director/conductor, who is succeeding Alan Harler, the beloved former artistic director who had led Mendelssohn Club for 27 years. At the Church of the Holy Trinity of Philadelphia, which has almost the same […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: July 01, 2015 Though most outdoor performances would benefit from being indoors, the new choral/dance work Turbine unquestionably belonged where it was Sunday evening, at the Fairmount Water Works overlooking the Schuylkill – even though Saturday’s downpour had cost it one of two planned performances. Early on, […]

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Choreographer Leah Stein and Mendelssohn Club music director Alan Harler have created several dynamic site projects, most notably, Battle Hymns, staged at the Armory in 2009, exemplar of the power of choral music and dance collaboration. Their latest work TURBINE was conceived with Seattle based composer Byron Au […]

July 8, 2015, Miriam Seidel Leah Stein, a master of site-specific choreography, is known for creating outdoor dances that work a kind of alchemy on the places where they happen. She proceeds inclusively, allowing her dancers, the audience, the place itself, and random elements including passersby and even the weather, to come together into a […]

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 […]

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 […]