– Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local, April 24, 2014 When the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia presents Julia Wolfe’s “Anthracite Fields” Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 4 and 7:30 p.m., in the Episcopal Cathedral Church in West Philadelphia, executive director Janelle McCoy of Roxborough will have been one of those most responsible for the […]

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 […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: April 20, 2014 LANSFORD, Pa. – “Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!” So says the ghostly voice, heard clearly and periodically in the No. 9 Coal Mine here, apparently from the spirit of a miner who didn’t get out alive. Whether buried or asphyxiated, the names of […]

Broad Street Review – April 07, 2014 – Tom Purdom The Mendelssohn Club has presented several memorable premieres since Alan Harler became its music director 25 years ago. The premiere of its latest commission, Anthracite Fields, could be one of the major events of the Philadelphia music season. The subject is the coal fields of […]

The Mendelssohn Club Choir is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of Anthracite Fields by the cutting-edge composer Julia Wolfe, who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns met with her…inside a coal mine. The world-premiere performances of Anthracite Fields: Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th at the […]

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 […]

By Peter Burwasser Virtually all live music events contain some element of theater. I’m not talking about opera, which is a theatrical sub-genre unto itself. Even something as pure as a solo piano recital invariably unfolds with some sort of drama, beginning with the manner in which the pianist walks onto the stage and seats […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS:   September 12, 2012 Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold PR 404.281.6419     TRINITY: Three of Philadelphia’s Musical Treasures Coming Together to Perform Moran and Bruckner for the First Time Inside the Historic Landmark Cathedral Basilica Mendelssohn Club Chorus, Philadelphia Boy Choir […]