Chestnut Hill Local Posted on February 5, 2015 by Michael Caruso “As he prepares to bring his 27-year tenure as artistic director of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia to a conclusion, Alan Harler will conduct Felix Mendelssohn’s version of J.S. Bach’s monumental “St. Matthew Passion” Sunday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m., in the Girard College Chapel. […]

David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Classical Music Critic Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:01 AM From the opening chorus of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, audiences at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performance at Girard College on Sunday will be hearing something a bit alien. Instead of a children’s chorus sailing over the top of the grand […]

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 […]

Tom Purdom – Broad Street Review April 30, 2014 Before God I assert that those who consume the coal and you and I who benefit from that service because we live in comfort, we owe protection to those men and we owe the security to their families if they die. That statement by John L. Lewis, […]

DAVID PATRICK STEARNS, INQUIRER CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:08 AM Any great piece of music should be an enveloping alternative universe. And the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia went to grand lengths to make sure that happened at the Saturday premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, a major piece that doesn’t require the elaborate production […]