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the 2013 winter
season begin September 9.
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 10; 7:30 pm
The Club’s program will range from the romantic to the bouncy and rhythmic and from an Italian Christmas carol sung in English and a Welsh carol to a Christmas spiritual. There will also be a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan. But the emphasis will definitely be on holiday fare, both classically beautiful and warm-as-chestnuts sentimental.
“When I Was One and Twenty," a mock dramatic piece, was composed by Richard Nance and is based on the poem by A. E. Hausman. MGC will pay tribute to two women: “Sylvia,” a richly harmonious love song by Oley Speaks, a composer and in the 1930s a member of MGC; and, based on text in Shakespeare’s The Tempest with additional lyrics by Ruth Morris Gray, the humorous and rousing sea-chantey-style “Kate.” Also on the program will be, by Gilbert and Sullivan's, “Chorus of Peers” from Iolanthe.
Among the ten holiday pieces performed by the men of Mendelssohn will be Praetorius’s sweet “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming,” J. S. Bach’s immortal chorale “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” and Piero Yon’s “Jesu Bambino” – with a melody perhaps more familiar to most people as “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” which will feature a soprano solo. The spirit of Hanukkah will be represented by the lively, tango-like Ladino classic “Ocho Kandelikas” (“Eight Little Candles”), composed by Flory Jagoda. In the category of yuletide spiritual is the contrapuntal and musically playful “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”
Along with Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker’s familiar modern carol “Do You Hear What I Hear” (1962), the Club will perform “The Christmas Song.” This paean to chestnuts roasting by an open fire was written (in 1944, reportedly in the middle of a hot summer) by Mel Torme, although it is perhaps most associated with one of four versions recorded by Nat King Cole.
about the guest artist
A coloratura soprano, Yungee Rhie has appeared on the stages of the Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York Austrian Cultural Forum, and the German Consulate, among others. This summer at Tanglewood Music Center, she performed in a variety of genres, including standard and contemporary art songs, cabaret songs, and chamber music. While there, she worked closely with Dawn Upshaw, Phyllis Curtin, Lucy Shelton, Kayo Iwama, and Alan Smith. As an oratorio performer she has sung standard works of Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Brahms, and Stravinsky as well as contemporary compositions.
With various operatic ensembles, Ms. Rhie has performed principal roles in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Le Cendrillon, La fille du régiment, Carmen, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Falstaff, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Orlando, Dido and Aeneas, and L'Orfeo.
Ms. Rhie has won awards from the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition, Career Bridges, New York Lyric Opera Theater Vocal Competition, New York Foundation for the Arts, Violetta Dupont Competition, Orpheus Competition, Young Singers Foundation, and Opera Idol Competition. In Austria she was recently a semi-finalist at both the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Competition and the International Ferrucio Tagliavini Competition.
Ms. Rhie holds a professional studies diploma from Mannes College of Music, a masters degree in music from Indiana University, and a bachelor of music degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently studying with Edith Bers at the Juilliard School.
Her upcoming engagements include La descente d'Orphe aus enfers with the Gotham Chamber Opera and a concert with the Southern New Jersey Chamber Players.
Click here to read a review of our spring 2013 concert by Barron's blogger Richard C. Morais.
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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