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 […]

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 […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 17, 2014   CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.641 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Receives Largest Grant in its 141-Year History, $240,000 from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to Present the North American Premiere of the Mendelssohn Revised St. Matthew Passion Landmark […]

by Tom Purdom – Broad Street Review February 27, 2014 My February meanderings exposed me to two 21st-century pieces that deserve some attention: Arvo Pärt’s 2010 Adam’s Lament, performed by the Mendelssohn Club, and a new harp concerto by French composer Michel Legrand, premiered by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with the composer’s wife, Catherine […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: February 26, 2014 The maverick mystic Arvo Pärt occupies an increasingly unassailable but strangely hermetic place in the classical music world. Though the relative simplicity of Pärt’s Salve Regina and Adam’s Lament might seem to go with anything, the Mendelssohn Club basically gave two different concerts Sunday […]

By TOM PURDOM The Cold War ended with a surprising lack of hoopla, given the importance of the event. The threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had hung over the world since I was 12 years old, and the long confrontation between the super powers had affected every American. The […]

By Dario Sarlo Featured on LocalArtsLive This year, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts asks its audiences the question: “If you had a time machine…” Over the course of the month-long festival events will cover numerous historical events from the Big Bang onward. On Sunday afternoon (April 7) in Verizon Hall the time machine’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]