Mendelssohn Club Chorus, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and acclaimed soloist Ching-Yun Hu performing three works by Beethoven and the World Premiere of a new commission by Philadelphia-based conductor/composer Jeremy Gill (Philadelphia) Four of Philadelphia’s musical treasures share the concert stage for the first time for two concerts in February. The two Beethoven and Gill concerts […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 27, 2012 CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold PR, 404.281.6419 Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Announces NEA Grant Award for 2014 Project Anthracite Fields  Mendelssohn Club has been awarded a record $135,000 in grants from NEA and other major funders for its groundbreaking 2014 […]

 November 6, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 215.735.9922 Edward McNally, Above The Fold 404.281.6419 Experience Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in Five Holiday Concerts in December Philadelphia’s Most Historic Chorus Performing Holiday Favorites and Sacred Music in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Chestnut Hill), Verizon Hall and The Grand […]

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 […]

Metamorphosis

“…Mendelssohn Club has never sounded better…” –Music Critic, David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer   “Their singing is by turns robust and sensitive, and they handle these challenging contemporary pieces with dexterity and enthusiasm.”  – Music Journalist, Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News   Under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Alan Harler, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic Surveying a battery of Tibetan percussion that had been transported down Himalayan mountains on horseback, Mendelssohn Club music director Alan Harler had to admit he could not really predict what he was about to hear as 200 singers assembled onstage for rehearsal with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. […]

Rituals: EAST/WEST

April 29, 2012, 4pm 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 in […]