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MCP Returns to Three Rivers Arts Festival with The Words and Music of Bob Dylan!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will reprise their most-talked about concert to date on Tuesday, June 5 at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, The Music of Bob Dylan, arranged by conductor/composer Steve Hackman.  The work premiered in January to sold-out crowds at the popular indie-rock venue, Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale. Conducted by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, The Mendelssohn Choir has channeled their...

MCP and PSO Promise Thrilling 2018-2019 Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir's artistic partners, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, just released their 2018-2019 performance season, and as usual, the season is filled with exciting choral performances.  The MCP begins the Mellon Grand Classics season in November 2018 with a performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets, then returns in December for a performance of Haydn's Mass in C Major, "Mass in Times of War," and Handel's Messiah, both under the...

MCP and Steve Hackman Rock Out in The Music of Bob Dylan

The Mendelssohn Choir and Steve Hackman took choral music to a new level on Thursday night with the world premiere of Hackman's new choral work The Music of Bob Dylan at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale.  MCP, normally known for singing classical choral works, channeled their inner folk musicians as they sang Hackman's arrangements of Bob Dylan favorites.  The first half of the concert was conducted...

Steve Hackman Talks The Music of Bob Dylan

Recently, composer/arranger/conductor Steve Hackman took some time out of his busy NYC schedule to chat about our upcoming collaboration, and what he wants audiences to know about The Music of Bob Dylan! Steve will be back in Pittsburgh to conduct this exciting new work, so you definitely don't want to miss it!  January 25-28 at Mr. Smalls Theatre.  Click here for tickets!           Of all the iconic musicians...

MCP and PSO Superb in Haydn’s Creation

Thunderous applause echoed through Heinz Hall this weekend after the Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance of Haydn's Creation.  The choir and orchestra rose to the challenge of this difficult work executing the music and text brilliantly, but in the non-traditional way it was presented: semi-staged, featuring a small chorus of 16 MCP singers in front of the orchestra playing students learning about the...