Category Archives: Junior Mendelssohn

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...

Junior Mendelssohn Concert: Pergolesi’s Magnificat

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir presents its annual concert on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00pm at Third Presbyterian Church.  The Junior Mendelssohn will perform Giovanni Pergolesi's Magnificat, conducted by Music Director Stephen Neely.  Better known for his Stabat Mater, Pergolesi probably composed the Magnificat during his time at the conservatoire in Naples, where he was enrolled from 1720-1731.  The Magnificat blends the traditional polyphant of the...

The Junior Mendelssohn Joins the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for The Planets!

The women of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir join the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) for the final concert of PYSO's season, as they perform Gustav Holst's The Planets.  Each movement of the suite is named after a planet in the Solar System, and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.  The program also includes Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun, Prokofiev March from Love with...

Junior Mendelssohn Choir: Vivaldi’s Gloria

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents Vivaldi's Gloria at Third Presbyterian Church, conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner.  Vivaldi most likely composed this piece for the choir at Venice's famed Ospedale della Pietà, where he spent most of his career.  The Gloria, Vivaldi's most famous choral work, presents the Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantatas. Third Presbyterian Church 5701 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 Third Presbyterian Church...

The Junior Mendelssohn Joins the Children’s Festival Chorus!

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir has been invited to be a part of the Children's Festival Chorus's Spring Concert, "I Believe in Springtime" in April!  This is an exciting opportunity for all of our singers.  Not only are these choirs the premier choirs for young singers in Pittsburgh, but many of the JMCP singers are CFC alumni as well. A group of JMCP singers will be joining...