Glorious Sounds of Christmas With the Philadelphia Orchestra Sarah Hicks, Conductor December 19, 20, & 21| 7 pm Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 260 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA Tickets: Exclusively through the Kimmel Center Box Office. Join Mendelssohn Club and The Philadelphia Orchestra while we lend our lush sound to timeless holiday […]

From Chorus America The Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming recognizes member choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music. Awards are based not only on the number of works performed which were written in the last 25 years, but also on the variety and creativity of the new music programmed during […]

April 17, 2013 CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.6419 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Joins Symphony in C for The Creation Oratorio Maestro Rossen Milanov Conducting Two Performances of Haydn’s Epic Masterpiece, May 11 & 19 (Philadelphia) Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helps celebrate the 60th anniversary […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2013 CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally Above The Fold 404.281.6419 2013 Mendelssohn Medley coming to the historic Oaks Cloister in the Wissahickon Maestro Rossen Milanov serving as Honorary Chair of Mendelssohn Club’s Annual Spring Fundraiser It’s fitting that the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia […]

In fall 2008 and summer 2010, composer Andrea Clearfield explored the Himalayan mountains of Nepal while studying the traditions of Tibetan folk and sacred music — all of which inspired this Clearfield commission Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life). Come and experience the Far East with us online in a program that represents a […]

The Art of Strategic Alliances by  Matthew Sigman Collaboration is essential to the choral enterprise: singers engage musicians, musicians engage choruses, and together they engage soloists, opera companies, dance troupes, schools, and, ultimately, audiences.  If on the artistic side the whole is generally far greater than the sum of its parts, might the potential for […]

OPERA NEWS October 2012 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: Metamorphosis By Joshua Rosenblum In Jewish legend, golem is a human-like figure created from mud or clay and brought to life through a mystical ritual.  Realistic in appearance but lacking a soul, a golem can prove dangerous in its single-minded attempts to follow orders.  Andrea Clearfield’s The […]

“Diligent, but dull.” That’s how one critic described my conducting after a performance of the Brahm’s Requiem early in my career, over 40 years ago.  I was stunned and humbled, but his curt critique led me to a powerful epiphany. Since I first taught myself to play an old piano that I discovered in my […]

Ellen Gerdes, Soprano and Dancer

An Urban Echo: Philadelphia Dance and Choir Connections   Alan Harler and Leah Stein, the artistic directors of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company, respectively, will discuss their acclaimed creative collaborations during an international meeting of dance faculty and ethnomusicologists in Philadelphia. During the panel presentation on November 19, conductor and artistic […]

Meet Alan Harler In 1988, Alan Harler was named artistic director of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, only the twelfth person to hold that position since the chorus’s founding in 1874.  Maestro Harler also served as Laura H. Carnell Professor and Chairman of Choral Music at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. A strong advocate […]