Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Music of Downton Abbey

Online sales will shut off after 3pm on Saturday, October 8.  Tickets will be available at the door. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Music Director Matthew Mehaffey opens the 2016-2017 performance season with The Music of Downton Abbey.  The MCP, along with Pittsburgh favorites Helena Ruoti and Erika Strasburg, will take the audience on a tour of of post-Edwardian England with musical selections...

Junior Mendelssohn Concert: Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder, Gypsy Songs

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, in its 30th season, presents Brahms' Zigeunerlieder: Gypsy Songs, under the direction of Stephen Neely.  Composed in 1887, Brahms' Zigeunerlieder were published in 1888.  The texts are from Hungarian Gypsy songs translated by Hugo Conrat.  Brahms learned the characteristics of Hungarian Gypsy music from the Hungarian-born violinist Eduard Hoffmann, but modified the original Gypsy melodies, maintaining only their spirit, as opposed...

Annelies

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank (1929-1945) ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE AT 2PM ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25.  TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. Hear the innocence and hope in young Anne Frank’s words in Annelies, a full choral work by British composer James Whitbourn with libretto compiled by Melanie Challenger from The...

Mahler’s Resurrection

The Mendelssohn Choir and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with soloists Christina Landshamer and Gerhild Romberger, under the direction of PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck, bring Gustav Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 to Heinz Hall. Not long after completing Symphony No. 2, Mahler said, "The term 'symphony' means creating a world with all the technical means available."  Written between 1888 and 1894, Symphony No. 2 was...

Robert Page: A Choral Legend

Robert Page, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh's beloved Music Director Emeritus, passed away quietly on Sunday, August 7. We are grateful for the privilege of having this extraordinary man and musician lead the MCP for 26 amazing years, challenging the chorus to achieve excellence across a broad range of repertoire, expanding its scope by touring nationally and internationally, and cultivating the next generation of choral singers...