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Verdi’s Requiem

Manfred Honeck conducts the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and soloists in a performance of Guiseppe Verdi's operatic Requiem.  Composed in memory of poet Alessandro Manzoni, the Requiem was first performed in 1874 in Milan.  Verdi wrote this music much as he wrote his operas - with high drama, emotions, and sweeping melodies - but he was roundly criticized for it being too operatic for the religious setting.  Join...

Berlioz’s Te Deum

The Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with Maestro Manfred Honeck, close out the 2017-2018 performance season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere of Hector Berlioz's Te Deum.  The Te Deum was originally conceived at the penultimate piece of a symphony to commemorate Napoleon Bonaparte, but the finished product was dedicated to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's consort.  The work was premiered in Paris in 1855,...

Our Love for Robert Page is Here to Stay!

On May 6 and 7, the Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn Choirs gathered with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Page family, and our closest friends, fellow singers, and music lovers at Heinz Hall to pay tribute to our beloved Robert Page.  It was a wonderful weekend full of laughter, stories, memories and, most importantly, music-making!  Members of every musical group that Bob had ever conducted were...

Audition for the Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn!

Let your voice soar with the Mendelssohn or Junior Mendelssohn Choir! Volunteer auditions for the Mendelssohn Choir will be held on June 8, 2019 (Heinz Hall) and August 23, 2019 (Westminster Presbyterian Church).  Professional core auditions will be scheduled in April, May, and June 2019. Please contact MaryColleen Seip at mcseip@themendelssohn.org (724-263-5259) for more information, and to schedule an audition for the Mendelssohn Choir. Visit the...

The Mendelssohn Choir Announces the 2017-2018 Performance Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce their 2017-2018 performance season, which will feature classical favorites, new music and a world premiere! The season opens in September with the world premiere of composer and FUSE@PSO Creative Director Steve Hackman's Dylan and the Nobels, an oratorio of poetry and lyrics by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Bob Dylan, plus text from other Nobel laureates, including Octavio...

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