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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...

Annelies – A Moving Performance

Not a sound was heard at Rodef Shalom on Saturday night during the Mendelssohn Choir's moving performance of Annelies, James Whitbourn's choral setting of The Diary of a Young Girl.  Music Director Matthew Mehaffey conducted the choir with sensitivity and nuance, while soprano soloist Amelia D'Arcy brought Anne Frank's words to life.  The concert was followed by a talkback with Amelia, Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, director of the Holocaust Center...

Haydn’s Creation

The Mendelssohn Choir and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bring Franz Josef Haydn's magnum opus The Creation to life, under the baton of PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck.  After a trip to London in 1795, Haydn wanted to inspire the world with his music, much like Londoners still celebrated G. F. Handel, more than 40 years after his death.  With The Creation, Haydn set out to...

Anne Frank’s Legacy: Free Special Event

On Sunday, January 29 at 3pm, the Mendelssohn Choir invites everyone to Anne Frank: The Literary, Historical, & Musical Legacy at Rodef Shalom Congregation.  This event will closely explore both Anne and her diary's place in history, in conjunction with the MCP's upcoming performance of Annelies, the first authorized musical setting of Anne Frank's Diary. Led by author Helen Faye Rosenblum and historian and Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh...

The Music of Downton Abbey – A Resounding Success!

Normally, when a large crowd of Pittsburghers are waving items, they're waving Terrible Towels and cheering on the Steelers.  On Saturday night, however, the full house at East Liberty Presbyterian Church was waving Union Jacks and singing "Rule Britannia!" during the Mendelssohn Choir's first performance of the 2016-2017 season, "The Music of Downton Abbey." Music Director Matthew Mehaffey made his Mendelssohn debut in splendid form as...