by Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local, 12/29/2014 The final two weekends before Christmas provided local music lovers with the gift of many holiday concerts. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-14, gave me the chance to hear both the Vox Renaissance Consort and the Mendelssohn Club at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, as well as […]

by Peter Crimmins, Newsworks, 12/12/2014 Christmas decorations go up immediately after Thanksgiving, but, for many, the season does not really start until it sounds like Christmas. “For a lot of people, that’s true,” said Alan Harler, artistic director of the Mendelssohn Club, one of the oldest choirs in America at 140 years. “It feels like […]

by Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local 12/11/2014 Alan Harler will bring the Mendelssohn Club to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, for its annual performance of the Christmas concert “A Feast of Carols” Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. The 130-member choir has been performing its Christmas concert at St. Paul’s Church since 1988, and Michael […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Featured on LocalArtsLive By Sharon Torello A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog praising the interesting program format for a holiday concert presented by a choral ensemble, Cantus Novus.  This Saturday I discovered a very familiar format when I attended the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s holiday concert.  As it turns out, I should not […]

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 […]