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Auditions
 

Men who have some music reading ability or musical or choral experience are invited to audition.

To schedule an audition, please contact the conductor, Gene Wisoff, at 212-362-8550 or email him here.

Rehearsals

We rehearse on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th St. (between Broadway and West End Ave.).

Computer sheet music with audible notes for each voice is provided  to facilitate learning at home.

Day and time: Monday from 7 to 9:15 pm. Street parking is usually available at our rehearsal hours. 

Schedule: Rehearsals for the 2015 winter season begin September 14.

 

 

 

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 2015 season
  

Rehearsals take place Monday evenings (beginning September 14) on the Upper West Side, culminating in a gala holiday concert in December.

For more information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact conductor Gene Wisoff at 212-362-8550 or email him here.

 
MGC Performs at Brooklyn Cyclones Game
in Coney Island (June 2015)
 
Men Who Sing
 
Documentary Featuring MGC
click on image to view trailer
Men Who Sing: The 56-minute documentary showcases MGC's rich history since its founding in 1866 and recent resurgence.

The film follows the Club from rehearsals through performances over two years, providing glimpses of the singers and conductor at work and at play, and features interviews with both members and others connected to the chorus.

Click here to learn more about the DVD and to place an order.

It's hoped that the documentary will inspire other men who love to sing to come forth and let their voices be heard. If you would like to audition for the Club, please contact conductor Gene Wisoff at GeneWisoff@aol.com or phone 212-362-8550.
 



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 menís chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).

Repertoire

We are always adding to our eclectic library of over 1,600 male choral pieces. Our repertoire includes art songs, ballads, spirituals, hymns, seasonal works, operatic choruses, lieder, barbershop songs, and selections from musical theater. Recent performances.

Historic highlights

The glee club received accolades from Sir Arthur Sullivan and Arturo Toscanini and sang at the dedication of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1888.  Its conductors have included Joseph Mosenthal, Edward MacDowell, Frank Damrosch, Cesare Sodero, Emerson Buckley, and John Royer Bogue. Guest soloists have included Victor Herbert, Helen Traubel, Aprile Millo, and Emily Pulley.  Detailed history

MGC on NPR

Listen to Lars Hoel's feature about MGC on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (December 23, 2007). Click here.

Concerts
The Club gives two major performances a year, in the spring and winter.   .

2015 Annual Spring Concert
(second performance of 149th season)

Date: Tuesday evening, May 12
Location:
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street
Guest artist: pianist Alexandra Akulich
Admission: free
 

Program highlights

The Club's sixteen spring concert numbers had a resoundingly American theme. Five pieces marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The program included compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland but above all was a tribute to Pete Seeger, the iconic pioneer of American folk music and prominent social activist and environmentalist who died at age 94 in January of 2014.

Mendelssohn did "Riversong," a Celtic-inspired piece by Roger Emerson, and "Rhythm and Rhyme," by former Club member Jon Pohlman. 

From Pete Seeger, the audience were treated to "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"; "Turn! Turn! Turn!," written by Seeger in the late 1950s; and "If I Had a Hammer," composed with Lee Hayes in 1949 and popularized by Peter, Paul, and Mary. There was also a rendition of "The Stairway," composed in 1998 by Leonard Lehrman as "a round for Pete Seeger." 

MGC also performed Robert Decormier's arrangement of "Rainbow Round My Shoulder," a modern dance classic written by Donald McKayle (and sung by Al Jolson in the film The Singing Fool). A stirring gospel number was Andrae Crouch's "Soon and Very Soon." From West Side Story came Bernstein's boisterous "Gee, Officer Krupke," with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and the men of Mendelssohn did a children's song by Aaron Copland, "I Bought Me a Cat." 

Selections reflecting the Civil War period included "Oh Captain, My Captain," a musical version of Walt Whitman's famed 1965 poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln; "Lorena," a popular song of the Confederacy; and Vicki T. Courtney's "Battle Above the Clouds," about a Civil War conflict, with a text by John Parker. 

The concert included the two Civil War classics, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again," arranged by George Mead, and the ever enduring "Battle Hymn of the Republic,Ē whose immortal words (first published in 1863 in The Atlantic Monthly) were written by Julia Ward Howe. And from classic to classical, Mendelssohn performed the Dies Irae from Mozart's Requiem.

Guest artist pianist Alexandra Akulich performed works by Scriabin, Brahms, Gershwin, Bizet, Busoni, and Horowitz.

Past performances

For details about other performances,
click here

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).

Mendelssohn inspired the creation of many choral clubs -- amateur and professional -- including the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, founded in 1866.

The Mendelssohn name was adopted in recognition of the composer's important role, historically, in choral music. Not the least of his contributions to European and world culture was his crusade to bring attention to the choral works, genius, and deserved preeminence of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

 

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

The Club serves the community by performing at local hospitals and senior centers and singing at special events. 

Click here to read about benefit recitals.

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.

Contact Us
To make an appointment for an audition, please contact the conductor at 212-362-8550 or send email to GeneWisoff@aol.com. 

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, John Memmolo: jamskier@aol.com.  

The Mendelssohn Glee Club would like to thank radio station WQXR for its generous support.
 
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