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 David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic Posted: October 29, 2013 Within the first few minutes of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s 140th anniversary concert with the Kimmel Center organ, you wondered why the two aren’t married with children. The two entities seem made for each other. The chorus’ robust sound matches that of the […]

“In celebration of its 130th anniversary, the Mendelssohn Club accomplished what is, for many, the impossible: Its Sunday concert at the Kimmel Center gave you reason to respect Carl Orff’s annoyingly popular.” Review of An Evening of Passion  March 28, 2004 concert from The Philadelphia Inquirer

“What immediately strikes you about [ Charles Fussell’s High Bridge ], premiered Saturday night at Philadelphia Cathedral by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia to open its 130th season, is that it is a work of great substance…. the Mendelssohnians have gotten themselves, and the entire choral field, a major new work that deserves to be […]