upcoming events

9
Dec

BIG SING "Celebrate the Season" featuring Rollo Dilworth, Mitos Andaya Hart, and Jeffrey Brillhart

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

Singing together is a part of who we are, and at no time is that more true than during the holidays. We welcome some of our Philadelphia community chorus leaders to take part in this heartwarming event together: Jeffrey Brillhart from Singing City, Mitos Andaya Hart leader of PhilHarmonia, and composer-conductor Rollo Dilworth (2020-21 MCP Artist-In-Residence). Together with MCP artistic director Dominick DiOrio, each conductor will share some of their favorite works and invite you to sing-along as we renew our hope and promise for a better world.

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13
Jan

Dialogues with Dominick "Meet the Conductor"

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

During this special Dialogues with Dominick, Dominick will be interviewed by MCP singer Rachele Armstrong about a new work he will write specifically for Mendelssohn Chorus during this moment in history for an upcoming virtual chorus project.

Dominick DiOrio is a conductor and composer who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019). He is the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia.

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24
Feb

Dialogues with Dominick "Beyond the Binary (A Meditation on Humans and Machines): A Listen-In"

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

Featuring the creative team behind the project, join composer Andrea Clearfield, librettist Ellen Frankel, and custom instrument builder David Kontak to talk about a new commission, Beyond the Binary (a meditation on humans and machines).

Beyond the Binary is a multi-media oratorio conceived as a musical sequel to Karel Capek’s enormously influential science fiction play “R.U.R (Rossums Universal Robots),” timed to coincide with its 100th anniversary. R.U.R is perhaps most famous for introducing the word “robot” into our language. Both the original and the proposed sequel addresses the promises and dangers of artificial intelligence, and the question of what it means to be human.

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28
Feb

Off-the-Grid: Bach Motets/New Duets

Baltimore Choral Arts - Anthony Blake Clark

Digital Performance

3:00 pm

Originally their season opener, this virtual concert will survey a number of Bach’s masterful motets, and feature duets between choir and different solo instruments. Featuring my work, All Is. More information and tickets here.

10
Mar

BIG SING "Say Her Name" featuring Alysia Lee

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

For our third BIG SING, we welcome Alysia Lee, founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir and 2020-21 MCP Artist-In-Residence. Together with MCP artistic director Dominick DiOrio, Alysia will remind us to “Say Her Name” as we work to end systemic racism and injustice and create a more welcoming and inclusive choral music community through our singing and songmaking. You won’t want to miss this collaborative experience which will also welcome singers from the Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema-inspired girl empowerment choral academy.

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31
Mar

Dialogues with Dominick "The New Music Scene in Philadelphia"

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

You are cordially invited to an all-star panel discussion with Philadelphia composers about new music in Philadelphia! Featuring Andrea Clearfield, Melissa Dunphy, and our two 2020-21 MCP Artists-In-Residence Rollo Dilworth and Alysia Lee. Moderated by MCP Artistic Director, Dominick DiOrio.

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28
Apr

BIG SING "Brahms A GERMAN REQUIEM" featuring Paul Rardin, John Leonard, and Alan Harler

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia has a long and rich history of music-making in our community, and that legacy has been built brick-by-brick by charismatic, humble, and generous former artistic directors Alan Harler, John Leonard, and Paul Rardin.

MCP Artistic Director Dominick DiOrio welcomes back to the podium these visionaries as we sing together movements from one of our most treasured choral cornerstones: Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem.

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