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The Music of Downton Abbey – A Resounding Success!

Normally, when a large crowd of Pittsburghers are waving items, they're waving Terrible Towels and cheering on the Steelers.  On Saturday night, however, the full house at East Liberty Presbyterian Church was waving Union Jacks and singing "Rule Britannia!" during the Mendelssohn Choir's first performance of the 2016-2017 season, "The Music of Downton Abbey." Music Director Matthew Mehaffey made his Mendelssohn debut in splendid form as...

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...

Haydn’s Creation

The Mendelssohn Choir and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bring Franz Josef Haydn's magnum opus The Creation to life, under the baton of PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck.  After a trip to London in 1795, Haydn wanted to inspire the world with his music, much like Londoners still celebrated G. F. Handel, more than 40 years after his death.  With The Creation, Haydn set out to...

Highmark Holiday Pops

The Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrate a time-honored holiday tradition with the Highmark Holiday Pops, conducted this year by PSO Assistant Conductor and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong.  There will be lots of merriment and cheer, a holiday tune or two, and some very special guests, including Capathia Jenkins, The Three Rivers Ringers, and possibly Santa Claus himself!...

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...

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