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 […]

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 […]

February 8, 2015 at 4pm Girard College Chapel 2101 South College Avenue Philadelphia   With The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia With Susanna Phillips, soprano, Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano, Yusuke Fujii, tenor, Andrew Bogard, bass, and Michael Stairs, organ Alan Harler, Conductor Tickets $28 online | $30 at the door Preferred seating $38 online | $40 at […]

  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 […]

October 26, 2014 at 4pm (Approximately 90 minutes) Girard College Chapel 2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA With The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Michael Stairs, organ Alan Harler, Conductor  Tickets $28 online | $30 at the door Preferred seating $38 online | $40 at the door Senior – with id $22 | Student – […]