Wolfe’s Newest Work Inspired by the Hard Realities, Heated Labor History and Rich Folklore of the Ethnic Mining Communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania (PHILADELPHIA)  For two days in late April, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will combine voice, music, movement and lighting to transport audiences deep down into the coal mines of northeastern Pennsylvania and into the hearts and […]

April 26 and 27, 2014 at 4pm and 7:30pm (note: Sunday at 4pm is SOLD OUT) With Bang on a Can All-Stars The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets online. Retrace mining lore back to the anthracite fields of central Pennsylvania through this new, folk-classical hybrid by composer Julia Wolfe, runner-up for […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic, POSTED: March 28, 2014 ‘What have the outsiders brought with them?” asks a severe town elder in Lars von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking the Waves. Reply: “Their music!” In Philadelphia, you could have answered that question the same way for years, with new composers visiting, living, and working […]

CONTACTS: December 9, 2013 Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.641  The Aaron Copeland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles Program Announces Its First Award to Philadelphia’s Largest Symphonic Chorus (Philadelphia) Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia has been awarded a $9,000 grant by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music […]

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By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer, 9/15/13 What was once the weakest link in Philadelphia’s classical music season is now collectively walking off with the unofficial award for enterprising programming. Yes, choral organizations have been gathering strength for years, and now offer all manner of postcards from the edge. The Mendelssohn Club rolls out a big […]

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October 6, 2013 at 4pm With First Person Arts Barbara Powell, a coal miner’s daughter Tom Supey, Jr., a third-generation miner Laurie McCants, Director of Hard Coal and Bloomburg Theater Ensemble Member Julia Wolfe, Composer Alan Harler, Artistic Director L’Etage 6th and Bainbridge Streets Philadelphia, PA 19147 FREE event open to the public. Reservations required. […]

Do you enjoy telling or listening to stories? Join Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in a storyslam with First Person Arts at World Cafe Live. In the spirit of the upcoming Anthracite Fields concert, the theme for the evening is “on the job”. Tickets: $10, $8 for FPA members at the door World Cafe Live 3025 […]