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MCP’s Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music Fit for a Queen!

On May 18 and 19, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) brought the Victorian Era to Pittsburgh with a musical celebration of Queen Victoria's 200th birthday!  Titled Victoria's Secret: A Life in Music, and conducted and conceived by MCP Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, the performance took audiences at East Liberty Presbyterian Church (ELPC) (May 18) and Westminster Presbyterian Church (May 19) on an historical musical...

Britsburgh Approves Victoria’s Secret Concert as Queen Victoria’s Official Birthday Celebration in Pittsburgh!

On Wednesday, April 24, The Mendelssohn Choir was excited to host guests from Britsburgh at rehearsal for Victoria's Secret: A Life in Music, May 18 & 19.  The members of Britsburgh are passionate Anglophiles who strive to connect communities by driving growth in British-American culture, history, education, tradition and trade in Pittsburgh.  The evening started off with some fellowship and food at the Sharp Edge...

In Memory of Samuel P. Harbison III

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we write to inform you that Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) bass Samuel P. Harbison III passed away on March 26.

Sam joined the MCP in 2008, during the tenure of former Music Director Betsy Burleigh.  He had always loved music and the arts, but it was during his “second mid-life crisis,” as his beloved...

MCP Heavenly During Damnation of Faust

The Mendelssohn Choir descended to the depths of hell and ascended to the highest heavens on March 8 & 10 during the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO)'s performance of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, under the baton of PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck.  The MCP demonstrated its trademark versatility: at one moment peasants frolicking in a field, then in another moment a chorus of demons, and in still another...

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