Category Archives: Junior Mendelssohn

Junior Mendelssohn Concert: Dreams and Dances

Join the over fifty voices of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and guest musicians, the Kassia Ensemble, as they present a magical program of dreamlike and dancelike choral music! Featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir RV 598, Gwyneth Walker’s Dreams and Dances, and music by Abbie Betinis, Thomas Morley, Rosephayne Powell, and Sarah Quartel, this program explores the power of the human spirit to celebrate the joys and freedoms...

Junior Mendelssohn Concert: Musical Miniatures

Join the voices of the Junior Mendelssohn and guest musicians as they present a magnificent program of musical miniatures, including Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (Little Organ Mass) and Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass. Framing these miniature masterworks, the choir will sing a little world music and a little gospel, featuring repertoire by Brazilian Marcos Leite, Canadian Donald Patriquin, and the...

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...