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the spring 2013
season begin January 28.
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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May 7; 7:30 pm
admission is free; ticket not required
Along with its usual interesting variety of music, the spring concert will feature a world premiere: a piece by Mendelssohn’s vice president Jon Pohlmann. “Men Who Sing” was composed (with a twinkle in Jon’s eye) expressly for the club. Jon not only has a band called the Hoi Polloi, he is a talented composer who has written music for theater, TV, documentaries, silent movies, big band, concert piano, ballet, cabaret, and chorus.
The rest of the program – for the most part a spirited, upbeat one – will range from a powerful chorus from the opera Nabucco, which work confirmed Giuseppi Verdi as a major composer, to numbers from three Broadway shows. It will include a paean in Latin to the pleasures and excitements of singing, a piece based on a Robert Frost poem, a Kentucky folk song that dates back to the mid-19th century, and a Calypso work song that will be quite familiar to most members of the audience.
Greg Gilpin’s rhythmic “Jubilate!,” as its title says in a simple word, is a lively exhortation to the joys of song. “The Pasture,” composed by Randall Thompson as part of Frostiana on the occasion of the 1959 Amherst, Massachusetts, bicentennial, is based on a Robert Frost poem. In a Hibernian vein, the Club will sing Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham’s “You Raise Me Up” – in whose melody you will hear more than a few echoes of “Londonderry Air” or, if you prefer, “Danny Boy.”
From the Broadway show (based on the screenplay for a 1965 movie of the same name) Shenandoah – a showstopper that packs a punch, one might say – is the rousing “Next to Lovin’ (I like Fightin’ Best),” by Gary Geld (music) and Peter Udell (lyrics).
From Verdi’s Nabucco, “Va, pensiero,” also known in English as the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," tells the story of Jewish exiles from Judea following the loss of the First Temple in Jerusalem. MGC will also perform the poignant “Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables, the long-running Broadway show and also a critically acclaimed motion picture; and the song that, recorded in 1955, made Harry Belafonte: "The Banana Boat Song.”
To round things off, the Club will sing a medley – music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin – from another show from the Great White Way, Annie. The original 1977 production ran for almost six years, and the show is now enjoying a Broadway revival. The medley will include a reprise number with lyrics written for and in tribute to MGC by Mr. Charnin (who will be present for the festivities): “Whose horn should we toot? The Mendelssohn Glee Club./ Who’s old but still cute? The Mendelssohn Glee Club…”
About Felix Mendelssohn
year 2009 marked Felix Mendelssohn's
200th birthday. He 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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