November was a busy month for the Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn Choirs, with a free concert at Rodef Shalom, and two performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
On November 11, the Mendelssohn Choir performed a free concert at Rodef Shalom that explored the human condition through the music of Ginastera, Carissimi, Schubert, Handel and Mendelssohn. Members of the Choir performed solo sections, with MCP core singers Kathy Linger and Tim Heavner taking the roles of Jephte and Filia in Carissimi‘s Jephte, while MCP core soprano Amelia D’Arcy sang the soprano role in Schubert‘s Mirjams Siegesgesang.
The Junior Mendelssohn Choir performed their annual concert on November 10 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Music Director Susan Medley. They performed a capella selections from Bach, Mozart, and Weelkes, to name a few, and featured solo performances by JMCP singers. The highlight of the concert, though was a joint performance by the JMCP and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra of W. A. Mozart’s Requiem. As one concert-goer remarked, “It’s hard to remember that these musicians are only teenagers!” Both groups repeated this musical triumph on November 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church as a part of the Music in a Great Space concert series. Previous to these concerts, the JMCP and PYSO had performed together in 1988.