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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 men’s chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).
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Winter Holiday Concert
Mendelssohn’s program featured 17 varied selections, culminating in seasonal wintry but heartwarming holiday numbers.
To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the performance showcased four pieces about or having words by the Bard of Avon. There were also two songs by Richard Strauss, along with touches of patriotic fanfare to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
From the 1948 Broadway show Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s clever and lively “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” extols the virtues of being able to quote the Bard to win over the fair sex. The lyrics of “Sigh No More, Ladies” are drawn from Much Ado About Nothing, and those for “It Was a Lover and His Lass” and “How Like a Winter” are also lyric-wise Shakespearean.
From Richard Strauss, the Club sang “Zueignung” and “Traum Durch die Dämmerung.” George M. Cohan’s stirring “Over There” (1917) was on the program, as was Irving Berlin’s immortal “God Bless America, ” written by Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938.
for holiday fare, the men of Mendelssohn sang the Hanukkah
classic “Mi Yamallel”; Ralph Blane’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little
Christmas,” memorably rendered by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie
Meet Me in St. Louis; and, from the 1966 Broadway show Mame,
Jerry Herman’s “We Need a Little Christmas.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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