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, BrahmsZigeunerlieder 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 to creating authentic Hungarian-style music.

The concert also includes a set of motets by Netherlandish Renaissance composer Jacob Clemens non Papa, as well as the Pittsburgh premiere of a commissioned work, Songs from Lost Civilizations, with music by Douglas Levine and lyrics by Kellee Van Aken.

A post-concert reception will be held in the Social Hall immediately following the concert.

Third Presbyterian Church
5701 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Third Presbyterian Church is located on the corners of Fifth and South Negley Avenues in Shadyside.  There is a parking lot next to the church on Fifth Avenue, as well as street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.  The accessible entrance is located directly off the parking lot.  For questions about accessibility of specific venues or performances, please contact Mary Ann Lapinski at mlapinski@themendelssohn.org or call 412-926-2488.

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