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the 2015 winter
season begin September 14.
The Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City was founded in 1866. Named for composer Felix Mendelssohn, the Club has offered for the enjoyment of our members and friends at least two concerts in every year of our existence. The nonprofit organization is the oldest men’s chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).
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Tuesday evening, December 8; 7:30 pm
Several works will of course celebrate Christmas, along with a classic--with humorous American place-name rhymes--about Hanukkah by the venerable and irrepressible Tom Lehrer.
MGC will open with “Standing on the Corner,” written by Frank Loesser for the 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella, perhaps the best-known song ever written about the male joys of girl-watching. “New York, New York,” by John Kander and Fred Ebb, needs no introduction (we’ve all heard it sung countless times by Frank Sinatra) except to note it was composed for the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same title and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. The lyrics of “My Way”, a song indelibly belonging to Sinatra, are by Paul Anka, its melody based on a French song.
The Club will perform “He, Watching Over Israel,” from Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, as well as Ralph Vaughan Williams’s arrangement of an ancient hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” set to the tune of a medieval French folk melody. “For the Beauty of the Earth,” a Christian hymn with words by F. S. Pierpont, is a choral setting of the text by English composer John Rutter.
From Porgy and Bess, MGC will sing “Oh Lawd, I’m on My Way,” Porgy’s climactic, joyful song of resolve.
Douglas Wagner’s lovely “Lake Isle of Innisfree” has lyrics drawn from an early lyric poem by William Butler Yeats, first published in 1893. Another poem by Yeats provided the lyrics for Herbert Hughes’s “Down by the Salley Gardens.”
In an appropriate Yuletide vein, the men of Mendelssohn will sing “Fum, Fum, Fum,” a centuries-old Catalan Christmas carol; “Lirum Lirum,” a madrigal by English Renaissance composer Thomas Morley; “The Sussex Carol,” a popular British carol; satirist Tom Lehrer’s capricious “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” (among the lyrics: “I spent Shavuos in East St. Louis”); and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”—with the audience, as directed by Maestro Wisoff, invited to join in for the final verse.
The guest artist,
soprano Brandie Sutton, will perform selections from Gershwin's
Porgy and Bess and works by Puccini and Handel.
About the guest artist
Soprano Brandie Sutton began her professional career with a solo recital in Saint Martin, West Indies and performances in Handel's Messiah throughout the United States. She subsequently gave solo recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.
She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Siberia.
Ms. Sutton has also toured and soloed with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey and with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the baton of Damien Sneed.
She was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and also took 3rd place in the national American Prize competition.
Ms. Sutton’s operatic roles include Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute; Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare; Lelia in Steven Allen's Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows; Musetta and Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème; Giulietta in Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann (with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance program) and a second appearance with them as Cio Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly; and Bess and Clara in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
Her undergraduate studies were at Oakwood University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree in music with a concentration in voice.
Click here to read a review of our spring 2013 concert by Barron's blogger Richard C. Morais.
About Felix Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809, in Hamburg, Germany.
His best-known works include A Midsummer Night's Dream
(with the famous "Wedding March"); his four symphonies (especially
the "Italian" and the "Scottish"); a violin concerto; piano pieces
entitled Songs Without Words; and the oratorio Elias (a
large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists).
We hope that our audiences have enjoyed our performances as much as we have enjoyed singing. Please keep in mind that the ability of the Club to continue depends on financial support from friends like you. Donations.
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