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. […]

Philadelphia Inquirer 9/10/11 by Peter Dobrin and David Patrick Stearns Orchestra 2001 collaborates with the Mendelssohn Club in a program of minimalists, both American and Eastern European, most especially Arvo Pärt’s Adam’s Lament Oct. 22 at the Church of the Holy Trinity and 23 at Swarthmore College. It’s also worth noting that Pierre Boulez’s music […]

Artistic Director Alan Harler

(PHILADELPHIA) In addition to its beloved annual holiday concert and performances of masterpieces by Fauré, Mozart and Schubert, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s upcoming season features a fascinating mix of works by celebrated modern masters Arvo Pärt (Estonia) and Henryk Górecki (Poland), as well as some of Philadelphia’s most exciting choral composers—such as Andrea Clearfield. The […]