To schedule an audition, please contact the conductor, Gene Wisoff, at 212-362-8550 or email him here.
Computer sheet music with audible notes for each voice is provided to facilitate learning at home.
Day and time: Monday from 7 to 9:15 pm. Street parking is usually available at our rehearsal hours.
the 2015 spring
season begin February 2.
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 menís chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).
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Tuesday evening, May 12
Mendelssohn did "Riversong," a Celtic-inspired piece by Roger Emerson, and "Rhythm and Rhyme," by former Club member Jon Pohlman.
From Pete Seeger, the audience were treated to "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"; "Turn! Turn! Turn!," written by Seeger in the late 1950s; and "If I Had a Hammer," composed with Lee Hayes in 1949 and popularized by Peter, Paul, and Mary. There was also a rendition of "The Stairway," composed in 1998 by Leonard Lehrman as "a round for Pete Seeger."
MGC also performed Robert Decormier's arrangement of "Rainbow Round My Shoulder," a modern dance classic written by Donald McKayle (and sung by Al Jolson in the film The Singing Fool). A stirring gospel number was Andrae Crouch's "Soon and Very Soon." From West Side Story came Bernstein's boisterous "Gee, Officer Krupke," with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and the men of Mendelssohn did a children's song by Aaron Copland, "I Bought Me a Cat."
Selections reflecting the Civil War period included "Oh Captain, My Captain," a musical version of Walt Whitman's famed 1965 poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln; "Lorena," a popular song of the Confederacy; and Vicki T. Courtney's "Battle Above the Clouds," about a Civil War conflict, with a text by John Parker.
The concert included the two Civil War classics, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again," arranged by George Mead, and the ever enduring "Battle Hymn of the Republic,Ē whose immortal words (first published in 1863 in The Atlantic Monthly) were written by Julia Ward Howe. And from classic to classical, Mendelssohn performed the Dies Irae from Mozart's Requiem.
Guest artist pianist Alexandra Akulich performed works by Scriabin, Brahms, Gershwin, Bizet, Busoni, and Horowitz.
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.
Benefit recitals and special performances
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We welcome the opportunity to share our joy of singing. If you would be interested in having the Club perform for your organization, please contact us.
For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, John Memmolo: email@example.com.
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