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Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:00 PM
Anton Bruckner's Mass in E Minor
Robert Moran's Trinity Requiem and Angele Dei
The Philadelphia Boys’ Choir and Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra will join Mendelssohn Club under the direction of Alan Harler as they return to the Cathedral Basilica for the first time since the 1980’s. Come and be a part of the world preimere of Robert Moran's Angele Dei and witness his Trinity Requiem, which was composed to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.
Founded in 1874 by William Wallace Gilchrist, Mendelssohn Club has been a major force in choral music in Philadelphia and beyond, with notable historic performances including the 1916 U.S. premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Other historical premieres include the first performance outside the Soviet Union of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, and the Philadelphia premieres of Brahms’ German Requiem, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1, and Bartók’s Cantata Profana. Mendelssohn Club has many great successes and has been a champion of new music-commissioning and premiering over forty-eight works in the last twenty-four years. There is no other choral arts organization in Philadelphia that has such legacy, artistic excellence, and innovative programming. Among its achievements Mendelssohn Club’s multicultural programming and commitment to choral art’s ongoing vitality was recognized by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for “bringing the community together in song” and earned the national ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. As a leader in its field and the rise of “pro-am” (professional-amateur) arts participation infusing classical music, choral peers look to Mendelssohn Club as an example of how choral music can defy margins. In fact, our June 2009 battle hymns production was showcased for Chorus America’s annual convention. That work is now being remounted across the US.