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In Memory of Dr. Michael S. Pettersen

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we write to inform you that Dr. Michael S. Pettersen, tenor in the Mendelssohn Choir, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, of cardiac arrest. Mike was a valued member of the Choir, singing second tenor since his first season in 2008. He most recently participated in our peformance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, on March 22...

Love Is All Around During the Mendelssohn Choir Cabaret!

Love was in the air this past Valentine's Day at Olive or Twist!  While the snowflakes flew outside, the singers of the Mendelssohn Choir kept the audience warm as they celebrated the highs and lows of love.  The audience was treated to an array of songs about love, learning that "People Will Say We're in Love," love can be "Agony," so you want to "Wash...

The Mendelssohn Choir Announces the 2017-2018 Performance Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce their 2017-2018 performance season, which will feature classical favorites, new music and a world premiere! The season opens in September with the world premiere of composer and FUSE@PSO Creative Director Steve Hackman's Dylan and the Nobels, an oratorio of poetry and lyrics by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Bob Dylan, plus text from other Nobel laureates, including Octavio...

Carnegie Hall Performance Heralded “A Bold, Meaningful Experiment” by NY Times‏

On Saturday, May 10, at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed the Spring for Music Festival amid thunderous applause and a standing ovation. The concert began with the Mendelssohn Choir's a capella performance of Anton Bruckner's Ave Maria. According to The New York Times, the Bruckner set "a reverential tone from the start" through "nuanced...

Mendelssohn Choir Cabaret Puts Audiences in a New York State of Mind!

Saturday March, 22 might have been chilly outside, but it was anything but chilly in the second floor lounge of Olive or Twist!  It was standing room only as the crowd waited for singers to take the stage at the Mendelssohn Choir's recent New York, New York Cabaret!  The evening's theme was inspired by the Choir's forthcoming trip to NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall...