Category Archives: 2017-2018 Season

Highmark Holiday Pops

It's everyone's favorite time of the year - the Highmark Holiday Pops!  Join the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, vocalist Ryan Silverman, and conductor Andrés Franco, as we perform everyone's favorite holiday music.  Keep your eyes open, and you just might see a certain jolly old elf and his eight tiny reindeer!...

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

The Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrate 30 years of Zelda with a one-night only performance of live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma. The Symphony of the Goddesses features a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as...

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...

The Words and Music of Bob Dylan at the Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Music Director Matthew Mehaffey take the Three Rivers Arts Festival by storm once again, this time with an encore performance of Steve Hackman's The Music of Bob Dylan.  The work, which premiered in January to sold-out crowds at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale, features Hackman's arrangements of Bob Dylan favorites.  Hear the MCP in a reprise of their...

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,...